U.S. Energy News

Report: Northeast carbon market creates $1.4 billion in economic benefits

CLIMATE:
The nine states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have seen as much as $1.4 billion in economic benefits with no harm to grid reliability, according to a new report. (InsideClimate News)
The author of the same report says New Jersey lost out on as much as $154 million in revenue by leaving the initiative in 2011, leaving the state’s energy consumers with “the worst of both worlds.” (Northeast Energy News)

EMISSIONS:
California’s push to keep its high vehicle emissions standards in about more than climate change — it’s about smog damaging people’s health. (Detroit Free Press)
BP commits to “zero net emissions growth” and says it will hold greenhouse gas emissions from its operations at or below 2015 levels. (Houston Chronicle)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
Advocates in Nebraska are directly lobbying utilities instead of state lawmakers to adopt a clean energy plan they unveiled earlier this year. (Midwest Energy News)
Georgetown, Texas, is the largest city in the U.S. powered entirely by renewable energy, and it could serve as model for other cities. (Smithsonian)

SOLAR:
Global solar installations are expected to reach 104 gigawatts in 2018, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)
Duke Energy will offer North Carolina customers up to $6,000 in rebates each for home solar installations. (WUNC)
• A connection between locally sourced clean energy and food is helping to drive support for solar projects in Athens, Ohio. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: A handful of community colleges and at least one Texas high school are training students to be wind turbine service technicians. (Hechinger Report)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla allegedly tweaked injury reports at its California car factory in order to improve its safety record, according to a new report. (Quartz)

NUCLEAR:
FirstEnergy’s plans to shut down four nuclear plants would wipe out enough carbon-free energy to equal all of the mid-Atlantic’s wind and solar power combined, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)
Utilities across the country look to renew nuclear plant licenses for 20 more years. (The Daily News)

OIL & GAS:
A Denver energy company moves a proposed oil and gas development away from a charter school that served mostly white students to a new site near a low-income public school. (Mother Jones)
An advisory group charged with recommending how the U.S. Interior Department regulates federal lands available for fossil fuel development had deep ties to the industry. (Huffington Post)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: An advocate says it is “dizzying” trying to reconcile Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s public statements on offshore drilling with official releases from the department. (E&E News)

EPA: Congressional auditors say EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s $43,000 “privacy booth” violated a governmentwide spending law. (The Hill)

BIOFUELS: Regulators approve plans to build a biofuels plant in south-central Oregon that will produce aviation fuels starting in 2020. (Associated Press)

COAL: Coal is not going to have a renaissance, says the chief executive officer of a Texas energy company. (CNBC)

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GRID:
The Department of Energy offers $25 million in funding for projects seeking to improve cybersecurity for the U.S. power grid and the oil and natural gas industry. (Bloomberg)
The blackout caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is the second worst blackout in world history, and the worst in U.S. history, according to a new analysis. (Quartz)

COMMENTARY:
The solar industry is focused on policies that deliver short-term benefits, when it should be supporting policies to create a flexible and diverse energy system. (Washington Post)
Energy efficiency can boost resilience during extreme weather events and natural disasters, says a research analyst at American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. (ACEEE Blog)

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