U.S. Energy News

Report: Trump preparing to gut Clean Power Plan

COAL: The Trump administration is preparing to give states wide latitude to write their own weaker regulations for coal plant emissions, according to an unpublished draft of the policy. (Politico)

ALSO: Appalachian utility customers face skyrocketing electric bills as utilities continue to invest in uneconomical coal-fired power plants. (InsideClimate News)

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SOLAR:
China says it is challenging U.S. solar panel tariffs before the World Trade Organization. (ABC News)
• An organization in Philadelphia is using solar energy projects to create jobs and lower electric bills for low-income residents. (Yale Climate Connections)

STORAGE: Grid operator MISO offers more details on how energy storage resources would be available on the wholesale market. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Chinese company building electric buses in California is banking on transit managers dumping diesel. (Ars Technica)
• New England governors and Canadian leaders agree to collaborate on policies to promote electric vehicles. (VT Digger)

FUEL ECONOMY: Senior EPA staffers privately challenged the Trump administration’s rationale for freezing mileage standards. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY:
New York City paints 6 million square feet of rooftops with reflective white paint to lower air conditioning costs. (Business Insider)
• A California property-assessed clean energy lender blames a new consumer protection law for a steep drop in applications this year. (Greentech Media)

TRANSMISSION: Officials in two Missouri counties say they plan to deny permits to the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project despite a state Supreme Court ruling limiting their ability to do so. (Energy News Network)

OIL AND GAS: Experts say Ohio oil and gas drillers could use existing technology to capture most methane leaks while also adding millions of dollars to the state’s economy. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
A trio of West Virginia legislators urge federal regulators to allow construction to resume on two major pipelines. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
In Virginia, critics argue that new natural gas pipeline aren’t needed, won’t create permanent jobs and will raise energy prices. (WDBJ)

UTILITIES: A northern Michigan utility is the first in the state to set a 100 percent renewable energy goal, to be met by 2040. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

NUCLEAR: A U.S. Department of Energy official says a small modular nuclear reactor under development in Idaho would be “game changing” for Utah and other potential customers. (Deseret News)

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POLITICS: President Trump makes a dubious claim that fracking restrictions in New York have hindered job growth and led to high taxes. (ThinkProgress)

COMMENTARY: A national clean energy standard — one that includes nuclear — is worth another shot in Congress, an energy analyst and opinion contributor write. (New York Times)

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