U.S. Energy News

Report: Trump plan to prop up coal jobs would cost lives

COAL: A policy drafted by the Trump administration would save coal jobs but cost lives — about one death from increased pollution for every 4.5 jobs supported, according to an nonprofit research group. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: As a utility in Appalachian coal country seeks to add more renewable energy, the long-term decline of the industry that once made the region prosperous is a complicating factor. (Energy News Network)

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WIND:
• The Trump administration wants to boost offshore wind development by streamlining permitting and carving out vast areas for leasing. (Reuters)
• New York state will lead a research and development hub aiming to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy in the United States. (Greentech Media)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Voters in Arizona and Portland, Oregon, appear likely to see clean energy initiatives on the ballot in November. (Arizona Republic, Portland Tribune)
• A California health care organization makes significant strides toward meeting its goal of being carbon neutral by 2020. (Green Biz)
• Georgetown, Texas is now the first city in Texas to run completely on renewable energy. (Spectrum News)

U.S. EPA:
Lawmakers and the biofuels industry welcome news of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation. (Axios, Radio Iowa)
• Observers say Pruitt’s replacement, former Murray Energy lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, will likely continue a similar policy agenda. (Utility Dive)
• The White House taps former solar lobbyist Cathy Tripodi as acting head of the Department of Energy’s renewable and efficiency branch. (E&E News)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Virginia Supreme Court upholds a controversial state law that allows natural gas companies to enter private property without landowner permission to survey potential pipeline routes. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• The death of a Texas drilling worker a decade ago helped shape shale drilling regulation, but little is still known about how the industry affects human health or is regulated. (E&E News)
• New Mexico overtakes Alaska and California to become the third largest oil-producing state in the nation. (Albuquerque Journal)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Massachusetts might be on the verge of becoming the second state to introduce a carbon pricing program aimed at the transportation sector. (Energy News Network)
• Virginia emerges as the next battleground after California for tougher fuel efficiency rules. (E&E News, subscription)

GRID:
• The head of New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities threatens to pull the state out of the PJM Interconnection over a lack of coordination with member states. (E&E News, subscription)
• Maine will decide whether a slice of its forestland should be strong with wires to support Massachusetts’ growing electricity need. (Wall Street Journal)
• A heat wave gripping most of Southern California is testing the state’s electric grid. (San Diego Union Tribune)

SOLAR: Solar cell-infused glass could someday help smartphone batteries run longer or allow skylines to double as solar power plants. (Discover)

TECHNOLOGY: Oregon State University buys five acres of coastal land to build a test facility for converting ocean wave energy to electricity. (KVAL)

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CLIMATE: The plaintiffs in a Colorado climate change lawsuit against the nation’s top oil companies remain hopeful they can win even after a federal judge recently dismissed a similar case in California. (Vox)

COMMENTARY:
• The EPA’s plan to repeal rules that protect people who live near refineries could have devastating consequences for Utah’s “refinery row,” says an advisor to Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment. (Deseret News)

Clarification: Ohio officials recommended approval for the first offshore wind project in the Great Lakes, but only if it meets several conditions first. An item in Thursday’s newsletter was unclear.

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