U.S. Energy News

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SOLAR: Honolulu leads the nation in installed solar capacity per capita, followed distantly by San Diego, according to a new report. (Pacific Business News)

WIND: A local energy authority in Northern California selects five companies to construct a wind farm off the coast of Eureka that could be the nation’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm. (Utility Dive, Bloomberg)

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TARIFFS: The Trump administration announces new tariffs on Chinese imports of wind power and battery products, but the U.S. market impact is expected to be modest. (Greentech Media)

GRID: MISO, the Midwest’s primary grid operator, doesn’t see a looming reliability crisis as utilities phase out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR: ​Citigroup calls Westinghouse’s nuclear reactor business a “de facto Ponzi scheme” and files claims worth $7.5 billion against the company related to South Carolina’s now-failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

Ex-Massey CEO Don Blankenship, who served a year in prison for his role in the deadly 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster, calls for more mine safety amid his West Virginia Senate campaign. (USA Today)
A Pennsylvania coal plant — one of the most polluting in the nation — will convert to natural gas by 2028. (Bay Journal)
• Murray Energy, a major coal supplier, says it has no plans to file for bankruptcy following FirstEnergy’s recent announcement. (S&P Global Market Intelligence)

California’s Pacific Gas & Electric is focused on how to manage electricity demand efficiently as it installs 7,500 electric vehicle chargers. (Utility Dive)
New Jersey plans to join an eight-state initiative focused on bolstering the sale of zero-emissions vehicles. (NJ Spotlight)

REGULATION: California regulators may stop Southern California Edison from collecting ratepayer funds to pay for 125 megawatts of distributed energy, despite plans being nearly two years in the making. (Greentech Media)

• Scientists suspect a rash of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico were caused by pumping oil and gas wastewater into the ground. (Fox 31)
• The Coast Guard and others respond to a storage tank leak that spilled more than 4,000 gallons of crude oil in a Louisiana bay. (Times-Picayune)

PIPELINES: A North Dakota judge limits what state officials can be asked in a case accusing law enforcement of violating pipeline protesters’ civil rights. (Associated Press)

BIOMASS: Georgia Renewable Power will generate electricity from burning wood waste and chicken poop, building two biomass plants expected to be operational by mid-2019. (Bloomberg)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA exempts 25 small oil refineries from complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard, sparking criticism from the corn lobby. (Reuters)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is grilled over his recent ethics scandals by a Fox News reporter. Pruitt tells the Washington Examiner he was “dumbfounded” that his decision to rent a condo connected to a top energy lobbyist was seen as controversial. (The Hill)
Pruitt gives himself final decision-making authority over the environmental protection of streams, ponds and wetlands, according to an internal memo. (The Hill)
A Democratic senator inquires about a $40,000 trip Pruitt took to Morocco to tout U.S. liquefied natural gas exports, saying the “purpose had little to do with EPA’s mission.” (The Hill)

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• A recently discovered video from 1998 shows the CEO of Mobil admitting that the company is responsible for about 5 percent of emissions released during production of fossil fuels, which could be used against ExxonMobil in climate change lawsuits. (Climate Liability News, InsideClimate News)
• How the “necessity defense” plays into climate change lawsuits. (The New Yorker)

• An electricity policy expert for Energy Innovation asks whether spending billions of dollars from the Volkswagen scandal on fast chargers is the best way to increase electric vehicle adoption. (Forbes)
• An EPA plan to weaken fuel efficiency standards will disproportionately affect low-income Americans and communities of color, says an environmental toxicologist. (The Hill)

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