U.S. Energy News

Renewable generation to surpass coal for first time

RENEWABLES: Renewable generation, including hydropower, will exceed coal generation for the first time in April and May, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE CHANGE: Maine Gov. Janet Mills proposes a sweeping bill to create a state climate council, reduce emissions by 80% and commit to 100% renewable energy. (Bangor Daily News)

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An analyst says solar energy has gotten so cheap it will weather the phasedown of the federal investment tax credit. (Greentech Media)
• Consumer advocates raise awareness about potential scams as the Illinois community solar industry takes off. (Energy News Network)

California lawmakers consider legislation that would allow hydropower to count toward the state’s clean energy goals, a move advocates say would stall the development of new wind and solar resources. (Los Angeles Times)
Federal regulators approve a 393 MW pumped hydropower storage project in Oregon, the first facility of its kind to be built in decades in the Pacific Northwest. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

STORAGE: A Southern California utility announces it’s signed contracts for 195 MW of demand response resources and energy storage, including what will become one of the largest lithium-ion battery systems in North America. (Utility Dive)

• Massachusetts’ top energy and environmental official accepted a job at an environmental consultant that is working for a natural gas pipeline developer just months after a key project permit was issued. (DeSmog)
Mountain Valley Pipeline developers say it’s unlikely the project will be completed this year due to legal and regulatory challenges. (Reuters)
• North Dakota intends to sue the state of Washington if its governor signs a bill requiring more safety measures for crude oil shipped by rail. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: A federal judge denies an appeal by a Tennessee Valley Authority contractor seeking to delay a lawsuit that accuses the company of poisoning coal ash cleanup workers. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

• A U.S. Department of Energy official says the agency was never interested in bailing out coal, and that a leaked memo last year was about ensuring fuel security. (Utility Dive)
• Virginia environmental groups say state regulators are “bending over backwards” to accommodate coal mines owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family that are in need of reclamation. (Virginia Mercury)
Lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri introduce bills to allow for the refinancing of aging coal plants. (Energy News Network)
New Jersey’s last coal-fired power plant, whose owners scuttled a plan to convert to natural gas, shuts down permanently today. (Press of Atlantic City)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Two trash-burning facilities sued Baltimore in federal court claiming a city emissions law violated their constitutional rights by imposing extraordinarily low limits. (Courthouse News Service)

POLICY: The EPA has sent its Clean Power Plan replacement to the White House budget office for review. (E&E News)

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TRANSPORTATION: Officials ramp up clean transportation programs in Columbus, Ohio. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY: Energy efficiency advocates say President Trump’s plan to roll back light bulb efficiency standards would be bad for the economy and a nightmare for our climate. (The Hill)

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