U.S. Energy News

Report: CO2 at highest level in 3 million years

CLIMATE: A new study finds global carbon dioxide concentrations are at a level not seen in 3 million years. (USA Today)

POLICY: Dozens of losses in court have held back the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” agenda. (Roll Call)

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NUCLEAR:
• Leaked draft legislation shows Ohio lawmakers will seek to establish a “clean air program,” funded by a utility bill surcharge, that would distribute funds to nuclear plants while shutting out wind and solar. (Energy News Network)
Environmental groups criticize the second nuclear subsidy bill introduced in Pennsylvania saying it continues to divert resources away from sustainable energy sources. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
South Carolina utility SCANA quietly stopped its internal investigation into whether company leaders mismanaged the failed VC Summer nuclear project during Dominion Energy’s takeover of the company. (News & Observer)
Documents show that costs for a new type of reactor under development in Idaho will be 40 percent higher than initially estimated. (Reuters)

WIND:
• Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announces a new program to support the state’s wind industry after President Trump’s false claims about the health impacts of wind turbines. (KCCI)
• Some Iowa companies are concerned about the impacts President Trump’s recent comments on wind turbines could have on the industry. (WHO-TV)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to make a “major economic announcement” at a port that has been identified by the state as a potential offshore wind manufacturing location. (Virginian-Pilot)

SOLAR:
A survey finds that community solar projects are lowering energy costs, but low-income people have been largely left out. (Yale E360)
Solar developers prevail in a lawsuit against a Montana utility and state regulators, with a judge finding both entities set unfair terms that made solar projects uneconomical. (Billings Gazette)
Siting of large ground-mounted solar arrays has stressed relationships and divided communities throughout Rhode Island. (ecoRI)

GRID: The Southwest Power Pool has taken a formal step toward expanding its energy market to the western U.S. (RTO Insider)

STORAGE:
A bill in the U.S. House would make energy storage resources eligible for federal tax credits. (Greentech Media)
A new report highlights Massachusetts’ “clean peak” policy as a way for states to expand energy storage. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: California Gov. Gavin Newsom criticizes PG&E’s new CEO and board picks, saying they lean too heavily toward “Wall Street interests” and not safety. (Greentech Media)

OIL AND GAS:
Despite a landmark shift to clean energy in New Mexico, the oil and gas industry emerged largely unscathed from a recent legislative session. (New Mexico Political Report)
Prices for natural gas in the Permian Basin have fallen so low that some producers are having to pay companies to take it away. (The Oklahoman)
The kitchen stove will be a key battleground as California seeks to transition away from natural gas. (Los Angeles Times)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A suburban Minnesota police department’s April Fools prank highlights the cultural obstacles cities face as they seek to adopt electric vehicles. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY:
A Colorado environmental advocate says the federal EPA should follow his state’s lead in establishing tougher rules for the oil and gas industry. (The Hill)
• A bill introduced in North Carolina is disguised as a military protection act, but it is an unnecessary ban on wind energy, says a former renewable energy council president. (WRAL)

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