U.S. Energy News

Report: Coal was top energy source during “bomb cyclone”

COAL: Coal was the top source of energy during the “bomb cyclone” that hit the East Coast this winter, according to a DOE lab. (The Hill)

ALSO:
An owner of Montana’s Colstrip power plant commits $3 million to help the community transition beyond coal when the plant closes. (Billings Gazette)
Consol Energy’s former president sues the Pennsylvania coal company for paying her a lower rate than male counterparts. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
A once thriving West Virginia coal town is now a “toxic wasteland where residents are afraid to drink the water and let their children play in their yards.” (ThinkProgress)
A mining company is seeking to expand its underground coal mine in Pennsylvania. (TribLive)

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COAL ASH: Attorneys file a lawsuit against a TVA contractor on behalf of another 180 dead or dying laborers who were part of the cleanup effort after the nation’s largest coal ash spill in December 2008. (USA Today Network)

OIL & GAS:
Oil and gas company officials say steel tariffs will raise the cost of producing crude in West Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
A group backed by the fossil fuel industry launches a social media campaign against Patagonia for its “hypocritical stance on fracking,” saying the company uses petroleum in its products. (Houston Chronicle)
The fossil fuel industry has already saved $25 billion from the GOP tax bill, according to a recent analysis. (Common Dreams)
A Michigan researcher says both sides in the “fracking” debate have misperceptions about the process and its impacts. (Midwest Energy News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Top officials in the U.S. Department of Interior worked with the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott on a plan to remove the state from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling expansion plan. (ThinkProgress)

PIPELINES: More than 70,000 people sign petitions asking Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to place stricter rules on the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines as they cross the state. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: The U.S. EPA looks at ways to shorten the time it takes to get air pollution permits for building or expanding power plants. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR: Massachusetts is a leader in converting once-contaminated sites into clean energy production. (Northeast Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Autonomous car company Waymo partners with Jaguar Land Rover on the “world’s first premium, electric, fully self-driving car” and will start offering ride-hailing service in Phoenix this year. (Washington Post)
Colorado plans to spend more than $10 million on electric vehicle infrastructure as part of its share of the Volkswagen pollution-cheating settlement. (Denver Business Journal)
Electric vehicle manufacturers are increasingly using steel instead of aluminum to cut costs. (Reuters)
A Colorado researcher is developing technology that would enable electric cars to charge wirelessly. (CU Boulder Today)

EPA:
Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy discusses clean energy and the Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle the agency. (Greentech Media)
Green groups launch a campaign to remove EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt from his post, which includes commercials targeted at President Trump, digital advertisements and web-based petitions. (The Hill)

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CLIMATE: A new poll shows that fewer Republicans believe there is a scientific consensus on climate change, while more Democrats believe global warming will pose a “serious threat” in their lifetimes. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
A new report makes it clear that the outlook for coal is grim, says the founding editor of ClimateProgress. (ThinkProgress)
Legislation in Congress would give billions of dollars a year in tax credits to the coal industry but provide no grid reliability benefits, analysts say. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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