U.S. Energy News

Report: Global wind capacity set to double by 2027

WIND: Global wind capacity is expected to double by 2027, despite a significant a slowdown in U.S. installations after 2022 due to the Production Tax Credit phase out, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• At a wind power conference, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the administration plans to expand wind power off the East Coast. (NorthJersey.com)
• Massachusetts is at the epicenter of a potential offshore wind energy boom. (InsideClimate News)

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SOLAR:
• A North Carolina company will build a 28 MW solar farm in Washington that is expected to be the largest in the state. (Spokesman-Review)
• SolarCity is straining Tesla’s finances as the company races to meet production deadlines for its Model 3 electric car. (Bloomberg)

MICROGRIDS: The number of microgrids in Puerto Rico is growing, as the island prepares for another hurricane season. (Greentech Media)

TECHNOLOGY: A Purdue University researcher is developing solar energy structures that allow sunlight to pass through to crops underneath. (Forbes)

REGULATION:
• EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s efforts to weaken environmental regulations have been sloppy, which could result in the rollbacks being undercut or reversed. (New York Times)
• About three-quarters of Scott Pruitt’s meetings during his first seven months in office were with industries the EPA regulates, according to an analysis of his schedule. (The Hill)

EPA:
• House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Vice President Al Gore and dozens of House Democrats call on President Trump to fire EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. (The Hill)
• Most senior White House officials have reportedly turned against Scott Pruitt, but the president still supports him. (Washington Post)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Apple announces its opposition to the Trump administration’s efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan, saying it will cause “increased investment uncertainty” for the company. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: The campaign over whether to create a municipally owned utility in a northeastern Iowa town heats up ahead of a public vote on May 1. (Midwest Energy News)

BIOFUELS:
• Sources say President Trump will consider changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard at a meeting Monday with cabinet members. (Reuters)
• Renewable-fuel groups warn that any restrictions on biofuel production “would be viewed as a declaration of war on rural America.” (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
Cultural artifacts in Utah’s canyon country face new threats from oil and gas development on federal lands. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Colorado’s governor won’t oppose plans to allow oil and gas drilling on 18,000 acres of federal land near the Great Sand Dunes National Park. (Denver Post)

PIPELINES: A November Keystone pipeline leak in South Dakota was twice as big as originally estimated, making it one of the largest inland spills since 2010. (Aberdeen American News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acknowledges “strong opposition” to expanded offshore drilling and says companies have shown little interested in growing their offshore operations. (The Hill)

COAL:
• Panelists at a “future of coal” conference in Montana say the fuel isn’t going to bounce back in the U.S., but global demand is still increasing (Billings Gazette)
• A radiology organization asks Kentucky to repeal a new law that blocks radiologists from diagnosing black lung disease for insurance claims, limiting workers to seeing just half a dozen specialists in the state. (WVIK)

NUCLEAR: Santee Cooper executives secretly fretted for years that SCANA was incapable of overseeing South Carolina’s failed Summer nuclear project, internal records show. (Post and Courier​)

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CLIMATE:
• Climate skeptics are becoming more mainstream in the Republican party, and the number of “in-your-face deniers” is growing. (E&E News)
• Mentions of “human activities” causing climate change were deleted from drafts of a federal report on how to protect national parks from sea-level rise and storm surges. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is clearly “unfit to serve,” says the editorial board of the Washington Post.
• A Trump administration plan to weaken fuel economy standards could lead to bigger cars and higher emissions, says a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

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