U.S. Energy News

Puerto Rico’s grid remains vulnerable as hurricane season approaches

GRID: Puerto Rico’s grid is in still in worse shape than it was before Hurricane Maria, raising the threat of blackouts as another hurricane season approaches. (Vox)

POLITICS: Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, a close ally of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, suggests Pruitt should step down because of ongoing ethical scandals. (The Hill)

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OIL AND GAS:
• House Republicans push a proposal to impose large fees on states that oppose offshore oil and gas drilling by charging them at least a tenth of the estimated government revenue that would have been generated. (Washington Post)
• The North Dakota Health Department approves an air quality permit for a planned oil refinery 3 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Alaska will dip into its oil wealth fund to pay for state government operations since the first time it was established in the 1970’s. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
Senate Democrats scrutinize FERC over how it analyzes the climate impacts of pipelines. (E&E News)
A Pennsylvania environmental group sues Sunoco for violating clean water laws during the construction of the Mariner East pipelines. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

WIND:
Connecticut will purchase 200 MW of offshore wind power from Deepwater Wind, which has turbines off Block Island and Massachusetts, along with 52 MW of fuel cell energy. (CT Mirror)

SOLAR:
• Georgia has become one of the nation’s leading states for solar power thanks to a public service commissioner who pushed Georgia Power to adopt clean energy. (InsideClimate News, Southeast Energy News archive)
• Minnesota regulators recently adopted new interconnection standards meant to streamline the process for most solar projects to come online. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: The Trump administration’s plan to bail out coal and nuclear plants likely won’t add more mining jobs, but it may nevertheless boost support for the president in West Virginia and other coal mining states. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: Michigan utility Consumers Energy plans a major shift from coal to solar energy over the coming decades while avoiding major investments in new natural gas plants. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY: Developers in Salt Lake City have built a net zero apartment building for less than traditional costs, proving the energy efficient buildings don’t have to be expensive and cumbersome to build. (Deseret News)

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OVERSIGHT: Two Arizona Republican solar advocates who lost an election for the state’s regulatory body to candidates backed by millions in undisclosed donations seek reform to state disclosure laws. (Capitol Media Services)

COMMENTARY: A New York Times analysis explains why it will be hard to bail out struggling coal and nuclear plants.

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