U.S. Energy News

Report documents oil industry’s billion-dollar rebrand

OIL & GAS: Major oil companies have spent more than a billion dollars on branding and lobbying since the signing of the Paris Agreement, including $2 million on social media ads before the midterm election, a report finds. (Grist, The Guardian)

ALSO:
• Several high-profile drilling projects under development in Alaska are likely the next legal targets for environmentalists challenging the Trump administration’s push to open public lands to oil and gas development. (InsideClimate News)
• The Marcellus and Utica shale regions in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania will supply nearly half of the nation’s natural gas by 2040, according to a new study. (Oil & Gas 360)

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PIPELINES:
• Sunoco reveals that its Mariner East 2x gas pipeline across Pennsylvania will have a higher operating pressure than previously reported, sparking new safety concerns among pipeline opponents. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A coalition of over 200 groups opposing an underwater natural gas pipeline in New York Harbor says the project will set back the recent revitalization of marine life. (amNewYork)

BIOFUELS: Massive flooding cuts about 13 percent of U.S. ethanol production as plants in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota are forced to close. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• The Maine Legislature repeals a controversial “gross metering” policy that imposed additional fees on solar installations. (Solar Industry)
Researchers say recycling will be crucial in the coming years as solar panels degrade. (Minnesota Public Radio)
The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to increase solar capacity anywhere from 4 to 9 GW over the next two decades. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• A federal fisheries office says an environmental assessment for the proposed Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts lacks sufficient detail. (Cape Cod Times)
• The U.S. Navy will likely oppose building an offshore wind farm along a stretch of California coast, but supporters think there’s still ways for the project to move forward. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

NUCLEAR:
• A string of high-profile accidents at nuclear plants soured public opinion of the technology, but climate change could change its trajectory. (Pacific Standard)
• U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will visit and speak at Plant Vogtle in Georgia today. (Aiken Standard)
• A Kansas nuclear plant will get a thorough cybersecurity inspection two years after it was targeted by Russian-linked hackers. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSMISSION: A Maine bill would require majority support from residents of communities hosting large-scale transmission projects. (Maine Public Radio)

CLEAN ENERGY: Rochester, Minnesota, can be an example for cities across the state in meeting Gov. Tim Walz’s clean energy goals. (Next City)

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CLIMATE: A new report says the Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S. and calls for accelerating clean energy and transportation. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Want to be 2020’s climate candidate? Then fly less, a columnist writes. (Grist)
• U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan calls for a “green industrial revolution” with investments in renewable energy and electric vehicles. (Lansing State Journal)

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