U.S. Energy News

Pipeline rejection drives electrification push in New York

NATURAL GAS: More buildings in New York City and Long Island are going electric after state regulators rejected a new natural gas pipeline to the region. (Financial Times) 

ALSO: The economics of natural gas-fired power plants will be crushed by wind, solar, and batteries by 2035, a Rocky Mountain Institute study finds. (Bloomberg) 

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OIL & GAS:
A Philadelphia refinery closed by a June explosion paid bonuses of $4.5 million to executives two weeks before it declared bankruptcy in July. (Reuters)
Under legislation approved by California lawmakers, new oil or gas projects approved in federally protected areas would be prohibited from having pipelines or other essential infrastructure cross state lands. (Los Angeles Times)
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu today will sign a bill banning drilling off the state’s coast for oil and gas. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A majority of Democratic presidential candidates want to phase out the sale of new gas cars within a decade, an idea that experts say would be a steep climb. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: A wind farm proposal divides a community northwest of Dallas, where some residents say developers’ tactics have been misleading. (Dallas Observer)

SOLAR: Clean energy advocates protest a proposal before Louisiana regulators that would lower rates paid to solar customers under net metering. (Fox 8)

GRID:
Three major Western power providers are teaming up with the Southwest Power Pool to form a new energy market they say will improve reliability and affordability. (The Oklahoman)
Five states are blazing the trail for large-scale adoption of distributed energy resources. (Greentech Media)

COAL: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocks a measure to help pay for coal miners’ healthcare and pensions, instead using funds for Appalachia to bankroll a Kentucky aluminum plant connected to Russia. (Daily Beast)

OHIO:
• Advocates say Ohio is attempting to pivot from renewables and efficiency to support coal and nuclear plants as the power sector shifts to clean energy. (NPR)
• The group seeking to derail a referendum on bailouts for Ohio nuclear plants has so far spent $2.3 million on an advertising blitz. (Toledo Blade) 

POWER PRICES: A trade group representing merchant power generators says a recent study predicting high capacity costs in PJM used the highest possible projections. (Platts)

CLIMATE:
Emails show how BP worked to block efforts by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to establish a carbon tax in the state. (InsideClimate News)
Hundreds of Amazon employees are planning to walk out to pressure the e-commerce giant to address climate change. (Recode)

UTILITIES:
PG&E submits a bankruptcy reorganization plan promising to honor renewable contracts and pledging up to $18 billion to wildfire victims. (Greentech Media)
San Francisco has made a $2.5 billion bid to take over PG&E’s grid assets in the city; meanwhile the state’s community choice advocates want the utility to transition to a “wires only” grid operator. (Greentech Media)

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POLITICS:
Democrats in Congress plan to keep challenging the Trump administration on offshore drilling and other priorities, as well as laying the groundwork for policy under a future administration. (Washington Post)
• President Trump defends his rollback of lightbulb efficiency standards, saying “I look better under an incandescent light.” (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
A former Obama administration official explains why automakers don’t want President Trump to roll back emissions standards. (New York Times)
• As 2020 candidates craft their campaign platforms, new data show that energy affordability is a major problem in the United States, an analyst writes. (ACEEE)

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