U.S. Energy News

Report: Corporate renewable surge just getting started

WIND: A new analysis suggests the recent explosion in demand for renewable power from corporations is just the beginning of an enormous trend. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A study commissioned by a developer explores ways California could harness offshore wind, and claims the resource could save ratepayers billions of dollars. (E&E News)
• A second British wind turbine maintenance company is poised to make its U.S. headquarters in Rhode Island as state officials consider tax incentives. (Providence Journal)

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PIPELINES:
• Environmental groups file a petition to revoke a key water quality certificate for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in North Carolina, using a little-known administrative rule that lets state officials cancel the certificate if conditions change. (Energy News Network)
• Two U.S. oil companies challenge a pipeline operator’s proposed surcharge for the Trump administration’s 25% tariff on imported steel. (Reuters)
• Elizabeth Warren is the third Democratic presidential candidate to publicly oppose the Line 3 pipeline replacement project in Minnesota. (MinnPost)
• The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines are becoming the latest litmus tests for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. (Earther)

SOLAR:
• Walmart sues Tesla for “gross negligence,” alleging that it installed solar panels that went up in flames on its store rooftops. (Associated Press)
A storage manufacturer and integrator has added six New England municipal power companies to its roster of towns seeking to limit peaks and lower transmission costs. (Greentech Media)
• Duke Energy says it’s “faulty logic” to say solar causes more air pollution after a local newspaper article linked solar with increased peaker plant emissions. (E&E News, subscription)

STORAGE: University and government researchers, as well as entrepreneurs, are seeking ways for artificial intelligence to push the limits of batteries. (GreenBiz)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California tribe launches an outreach effort to encourage Native American communities to adopt electric vehicles. (Indian Country Today)

OIL & GAS:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom calls President Trump’s efforts to roll back auto emissions standards “pathetic”: “No one wants [Trump’s mileage policy] except the oil companies.” (Los Angeles Times)
• Emails show that an Oregon natural gas project endorsed by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is also supported by his former lobbying firm. (The Guardian)
• The oil and gas industry is shying away from donating to President Trump’s 2020 campaign. (Houston Chronicle)
• As the Permian Basin oil boom continues, the town of Odessa, Texas, grapples with how to keep up. (Reuters)

BIOFUELS:
• Congressional lawmakers call for an investigation into the use of biofuel waivers for small oil refiners as the Trump administration seeks to stem the tide of rising anger in Farm Belt states. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, Reuters)
• “The Renewable Fuel Standard is under attack,” says Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COAL:
• The number of coal jobs in Kentucky dropped significantly in the second quarter of 2019, according to state data. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Court documents show that bankrupt coal company Blackjewel agrees to halt the movement of coal in Virginia and Kentucky in response to federal labor officials trying to stop coal sales until miners get paid. (WCYB)
• As the coal industry struggles under President Trump, miners fight for black lung disease and pension benefits. (NBC News)

TRANSMISSION: Wisconsin regulators give preliminary approval to a controversial transmission project in southwestern Wisconsin, saying it will save ratepayers money while improving access to wind energy. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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CLIMATE: A London-based advocacy group says the U.S. is a critical obstacle to stopping climate pollution because it holds almost two-thirds of the world’s new oil and natural gas output. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: Advocates expect greater electric vehicle sales in the coming years as the cost of EVs are increasingly comparable to gasoline vehicles. (Detroit News)

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