U.S. Energy News

Report: U.S. fossil fuel consumption for electricity drops to 1994 levels

FOSSIL FUELS: U.S. consumption of fossil fuels for electric power is at its lowest level since 1994, according to the Energy Information Administration.

MORE:
Natural gas could surpass coal to become the nation’s top source of electricity generation by the end of the year. (Tribune-Review)
Fossil fuel companies have a history of using public affairs firms to drum up the illusion of grassroots support. (Grist)

***SPONSORED LINK: Join the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and Host, Puget Sound Energy, for the West Coast Energy Management conference and expo, June 20-21 in Seattle. Use code EMC18CO at checkout for $200 reduced conference registration.***

COAL: Electric utilities and other industries press a regional commission to end its role in restricting the dumping of toxic wastewater by coal-fired power plants into the Ohio River. (InsideClimate News)

PIPELINES: The Canadian government will buy a controversial pipeline project that would connect the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
Investigators find PG&E at fault for three of last year’s California wildfires, which could lead to multibillion-dollar liabilities for the utility. (Greentech Media)
South Carolina regulators deny four petitions for reconsideration of controversial rate changes by SCG&E. (Utility Dive)

GRID: The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority signs a $900 million deal with an Oklahoma company to begin rebuilding its power grid following devastation by Hurricane Maria. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUEL: A coalition of ethanol and farm groups sues the EPA for granting federal biofuel requirement waivers to three oil refineries. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Strategically charging electric vehicles could save California billions of dollars by offsetting the need for energy storage investments, according to a recent study. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
Low prices for solar-plus-storage are encouraging utilities to add more of the projects to their portfolios. (Ensia)
A roundup of 10 U.S. businesses that are investing in record amounts of solar power. (CNBC)
A Massachusetts solar developer is setting up shop in Illinois to take advantage of that state’s clean energy expansion. (Midwest Energy News)

AUTOMOTIVE: The Trump administration is justifying a move to allow more rebuilt diesel trucks on the road by citing a disavowed study that claims they don’t cause more pollution. (Los Angeles Times)

POLITICS:
A podcast covers the energy and climate races to watch in the 2018 midterm election. (Greentech Media)
A former aide to Energy Secretary Rick Perry is now lobbying for energy companies, including FirstEnergy and Southern Company. (Bloomberg)

POLICY: A new integrated resource planning process adopted by Michigan lawmakers in 2016 will hold utilities accountable to their clean energy pledges, activists say. (Midwest Energy News)

***SPONSORED LINK: The 2018 Renewable Energy Conference: A Leadership Forum on Energy Policy, June 26 in Poughkeepsie, New York will feature IBM’s Dr. John Kelly. Don’t miss the premier renewable energy conference on the East Coast! Register today!***

CLIMATE:
Seven statistics that show Americans’ attitudes towards climate change and clean energy. (Climate Reality Project)
•  A co-founder of the Heartland Institute tells allies that the Trump administration’s efforts to remove climate change mentions from official documents “is what victory looks like.” (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration is stupid to ignore 97 percent of experts who agree that humans are causing global warming, says a columnist for The Guardian.
• Yucca Mountain is a zombie federal project that refuses to die, says a Nevada history professor. (The Conversation)

Comments are closed.