U.S. Energy News

Report finds U.S. falling behind on energy efficiency

EFFICIENCY: The U.S. loses ground in the race for energy efficiency, dropping to No. 10 in a new international ranking. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: A former Ford auto plant in St. Paul, Minnesota, is poised to become a “showpiece” for efficiency, smart design and transit. (City Lab)

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PIPELINES:
• Initial proposals for the Keystone XL pipeline galvanized environmental groups and landowners on pipeline advocacy. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Virginia residents raise concerns about the impact of Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction on a predominantly black community. (WVTF)
• Pipelines in the Permian Basin are close to capacity, forcing producers to slow down production. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• Solar advocates accuse the Tennessee Valley Authority of deliberately mismanaging its solar program to slow it down. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
New Jersey is phasing out a credit-based program to promote solar energy, which has been criticized for its high costs to utility customers. (NJ Spotlight)

WIND:
As wind power expands in the Northeast, experts have a mixed outlook for Maine, where the industry has faced considerable pushback from Gov. Paul LePage. (Portland Press Herald)
Experts tell Congress that the offshore wind industry needs skilled workers in the Northeast, where 75 MW of offshore wind is slated for development by 2030. (WorkBoat)

COAL:
• A Kentucky city will shut down a coal-fired power plant in 2020 because market forces have made it uneconomical. (WFPL)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice met with President Trump to discuss a $4.5 billion plan to boost coal mining in Appalachia. (WDTV)
• Opponents of a plan to expand California’s grid to include other Western states say it might benefit the coal industry. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• A Wyoming coal town trying to diversify its economy is looking at the fossil fuel in new ways. (PRI)

NUCLEAR: A manager with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says closing the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio would be “devastating” for the community. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Some federal judges are growing impatient with the ongoing delays over Clean Power Plan litigation. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: Environmentalists say Hawaiian regulators made a “landmark” move when they recently decided to probit a utility from passing all of its fuel costs on its customers. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Southern California utility proposes to use $760 million in ratepayer funds to build 48,000 electric vehicle charging stations over four years. (Greentech Media)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: As the oil industry seeks to “build support in minority communities” by highlighting job impacts, environmental groups point out the disproportionate impacts of pollution. (Grist)

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POLITICS:
• Billionaire oilman Harold Hamm’s support of North Dakota GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer’s bid for U.S. Senate gives him “credibility in the industry.” (E&E News)
• A Democratic candidate for governor in Ohio backs clean energy while also supporting the state’s coal industry. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• A federal judge’s decision to dismiss two California cities’ lawsuits against top oil companies injects more confusion into climate law, says a Los Angeles Times columnist.
• A Vox writer tracks the progress states are making to increase electric vehicle adoption.

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