U.S. Energy News

Report grades states on climate change preparedness

CLIMATE: 
• A new report ranks states according to their preparedness for climate change. (International Business Times)
• A study of six cities finds politicization of climate science is holding back adaptation efforts. (ClimateWire)
• A report finds decarbonizing the U.S. economy would result in a net creation of 2 million jobs. (InsideClimate News)

POLITICS:
• A House panel approves a bill to block EPA carbon limits. (The Hill)
• House Republicans hold hearings to undermine Paris climate negotiations. (The Hill)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Officials representing the electric co-op industry say the plan does not address concerns that they will be hit harder than other suppliers. (Transmission & Distribution World)

SOLAR:
• Massachusetts lawmakers fail to reach a compromise on net metering. (MassLive)
• A “bizarre confluence of contradictory events” causes solar stocks to plummet. (Greentech Media)
• The University of California Davis this week will complete a 16 MW solar array that will provide 14 percent of the electricity used on campus. (Sacramento Business Journal)
• A poll finds 97 percent of Hawaiians support expanding rooftop solar. (Pacific Business News)
• How a community solar project took shape in Vermont. (Burlington Free Press)

UTILITIES:
• San Antonio’s municipal utility is recruiting data centers to the city. (San Antonio Business Journal)
• Southern Co. becomes the first investment-grade utility in the U.S. to offer “green bonds” for renewable energy projects. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

KEYSTONE XL: Despite withdrawing its application in Nebraska, developers of Keystone XL say the company is still committed to completing the project. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS:
• A study commissioned by the Massachusetts attorney general’s office finds New England doesn’t need more natural gas pipeline. (Bloomberg)
• Despite low solar prices, an analysis recommends a Texas utility build a natural gas plant. (Austin Statesman)
• California regulators issue an emergency order requiring a utility to come up with a plan to address a natural gas storage facility that has been leaking for nearly a month. (Associated Press)

FRACKING:
• Drilling opponents fall far short of the signatures needed for a ballot measure to ban fracking in Michigan. (Detroit Free Press)
• Wastewater spills go untracked in Texas, leaving pollution impacts unknown. (EnergyWire)

STORAGE:
• A study finds energy storage is starting to compete with conventional generating sources on price. (Greentech Media)
• A former coal plant in Ohio is being upgraded with 2 megawatts of battery storage capability, helping manage the flow of electricity on PJM’s grid. (Bloomberg Business)

NUCLEAR:
• Wisconsin lawmakers consider lifting the state’s moratorium on new nuclear plants. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
Cheap natural gas could be the biggest obstacle to new nuclear power in Texas. (San Antonio Business Journal)

BIOENERGY: Toyota will begin powering a Kentucky plant on landfill gas later this month. (Biomass Magazine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The U.S. Department of Transportation announces it will install 500 electric-vehicle charging stations at its buildings nationwide. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: How climate denial doomed the coal industry. (Forbes)

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