U.S. Energy News

Report finds wealthy nations’ climate pledges still not enough

CLIMATE:
• A new report says pledges by wealthy nations to cut emissions won’t be enough to prevent catastrophic climate change. (Bloomberg)
• A report finds compensation for U.S. fossil fuel executives is more than double what the country has pledged to address climate change abroad. (Huffington Post)

POLLUTION: Harvard researchers quantify the public health benefits of clean energy like wind and solar. (Climate Central)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Michigan announces it will develop a statewide compliance strategy, though officials are “disappointed” that more than half of the state’s renewable generation won’t get credit. (Midwest Energy News)
• The White House calls a legal challenge to the plan “premature” and “unwarranted.” (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
• Opponents and proponents of a proposed Florida solar ballot measure argue their case before the state Supreme Court. (Palm Beach Post)
• Berkeshire Hathaway shareholders sign a petition urging a Nevada utility owned by the company to back down on challenges to net metering. (Las Vegas Sun)
• The city of San Diego fights a utility’s plan to add fees for solar customers. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• An IRS ruling could provide a boost to community solar. (Associated Press)

WIND: Wind energy production fell last year even as capacity expanded, because of a weather shift. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
• In “a landmark case for Texas,” an explosion that injured a ranch family could put increased pressure on state regulators. (Texas Tribune)
• A court ruling revives a challenge to federal drilling leases that would require an examination of climate impacts. (Associated Press)
Experimental drilling techniques could keep natural gas prices low “for a very long time, maybe 20 years.” (Wall Street Journal)
• The U.S. EIA is predicting natural gas production across major shale regions will decrease for the first time next month. (Utility Dive)
Owners of an Albany, New York oil terminal could face a lawsuit for failing to disclose increased shipments of volatile Bakken crude. (Albany Times Union)
• Gasoline prices would stay the same or drop while profit margins for refiners would get tightened if the export ban is lifted, the EIA reports. (Greenwire)

COAL:
• A study finds coal executives are getting more compensation even as their companies collapse. (Mother Jones)
• The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is expected to publish a rule today that will call for coal mine shuttle cars, ram cars and scoops to have automated systems. (The Hill)
• Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vows to fight against proposed rules to protect water resources from mining pollution. (Indianapolis Star)

POLITICS: A University of Kansas researcher testified against state renewable standards in 2014 shortly after the institute he leads received $40,000 from the Koch brothers. (Topeka Capital Journal)

COMMENTARY: Why the Clean Power Plan won’t mean the death of coal. (High Country News)

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