U.S. Energy News

Report: Clean energy to dominate new capacity investments

CLEAN ENERGY: A Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysis predicts 85 percent of investments in new energy capacity through 2050 will go to zero-emissions technologies. (Bloomberg)

POLICY: A new group with Republican backers announces plans for a national carbon tax and dividend with support from major fossil fuel companies. (New York Times)

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GRID: A contentious proposal to expand California’s power grid to include several other Western states narrowly makes it past a key legislative hurdle, though lawmakers remain divided over the idea of creating a regional power grid. (Washington Post)

STORAGE:
• Texas’ largest solar farm will soon be paired with the state’s largest battery, capable of storing enough electricity to provide 10 megawatts of power for more than four hours. (Houston Chronicle)
New Hampshire regulators must decide whether a utility should be allowed to own customer-sited battery storage systems, which could set a precedent for other U.S. utilities. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar expects to be producing solar panels at its new factory in Jacksonville, Florida, by the end of the year. (Reuters)
• Recent changes to two Minnesota utility incentive programs could spur up to 200 MW of new projects and attract out-of-state developers, advocates say. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
A U.S. House committee will debate a bill to encourage offshore wind development in federal waters. (Reuters)
The head of Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s energy office refuses to identify the members of a state Wind Energy Commission, which is tasked with reviewing the impact of wind farms on state tourism. (Portland Press Herald)

POWER PLANTS:
• Consumer and environmental groups tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that FirstEnergy’s trust funds for decommissioning nuclear plants were nearly $3 billion short as of 2017. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
FirstEnergy tells FERC that ISO-NE’s tariff waiver request to keep a Massachusetts gas plant running will be the first of many such requests if the agency doesn’t take action to support struggling coal and nuclear plants. (RTO Insider)

COAL: A federal appeals court rejects environmentalists’ claims that the U.S. government should evaluate climate change impacts on leasing federal land for coal mining, upholding an impact statement issued in 1979. (The Hill, InsideClimate News)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Trump administration revokes an Obama executive order that was issued in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (Washington Examiner)
• Alaska regulators adopt new rules requiring oil and gas companies to dig deep enough to avoid problems with thawing permafrost. (KTOO)
U.S. shale producers warn that Chinese tariffs could harm their exports. (Reuters)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A new accord seeks to align major automakers and utilities on the development of EV infrastructure. (E&E News)
• Sacramento and San Francisco are among seven U.S. cities selected to participate in a pilot program offering cash incentives to Uber drivers with electric vehicles. (Sacramento Bee)

COMMENTARY: Conservative opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to bail out coal and nuclear plants deserves more attention. (The Hill)

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