U.S. Energy News

Report: California efficiency programs have saved $90 billion

• In using the Clean Air Act to combat climate change, the Obama administration reversed course from earlier goals of doing so through legislation. (Greenwire)
Texas seeks a stay of Clean Power Plan requirements until legal challenges play out. (Texas Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: A report finds California’s efficiency programs have saved $90 billion and eliminated the equivalent of 41 power plants worth of demand, but the state “can do a lot more.” (Los Angeles Times)

NATURAL GAS: A report finds Massachusetts’ natural gas pipeline system has more than 20,000 potentially dangerous leaks. (Boston Globe)

• Solar will be the next energy boom in Texas, with one county alone planning for nearly $1 billion in projects. (Wall Street Journal)
• A Nevada utility says the state’s net metering cap will be reached tomorrow. (Las Vegas Sun)
• The city of Boulder, Colorado launches an online tool to help homeowners assess their solar potential. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• The CEO of the largest U.S. solar installer says California utilities are “trying to kill solar.” (San Diego Union Tribune)
• Work begins on Colorado’s largest solar farm, which will have 156 megawatts of capacity. (Denver Post)
• A government agency in Minnesota is using marginal land it owns in the Twin Cities region for solar installations. (Midwest Energy News)

• A proposed wind farm runs into opposition in Virginia coal country. (Washington Post)
• Local and county officials near Lincoln, Nebraska struggle with wind farm regulations. (Lincoln Journal Star)

COAL: As the coal industry loses around 10,000 jobs per year, Appalachia is taking the biggest hit. (Bloomberg)

FRACKING: A leading shale producer signs a deal to use millions of gallons of treated municipal wastewater in fracking operations in west Texas. (Reuters)

GRID: The results of the PJM Interconnection’s capacity auction, which has been modified in an effort to resolve reliability issues, are expected to be released today. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

• The state’s top regulator tells power companies to “stop trying to scare Ohioans” when talking about re-regulating the state. (Columbus Business First)
Nevada regulators say it would cost $131 million in “exit fees” for three major casino operators to leave Nevada Power and buy electricity on the open market. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A plant on the edge of downtown Minneapolis quietly converts 1,000 tons of garbage a day into electricity, as one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods blooms nearby. (Politico)

• Developers of a new technology to extract CO2 from the air to produce carbon nanofibers say that if scaled up, the process could restore the atmosphere to pre-industrial carbon levels within 10 years. (Christian Science Monitor)
• A new class of thermoelectrics being developed at Michigan State University is driving one company to commercialize products that turn waste heat into electricity. (NPR)

Taxpayers are being ripped off by fossil fuel leasing on federal lands. (Grist)
• Why climate advocates need to focus less on economics and more on politics. (Vox)

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