U.S. Energy News

Report: U.S. oil production will outpace Saudi Arabia, Russia

OIL & GAS: 
• U.S. oil production is expected to exceed 10 million barrels a day in 2018, surpassing the output of Saudi Arabia and Russia, according to a report by the International Energy Agency. (Fortune)
• The owner of the largest East Coast oil refining complex, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, says it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (Reuters)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• A high-ranking Interior Department official says Florida is still being considered for offshore oil drilling, despite statements to the contrary from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. (The New York Times)
• Zinke reportedly went “rogue” when he announced Florida would be exempt from offshore drilling and didn’t clear the decision with the White House. (Axios)

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PIPELINES:
• A group of nuns in Pennsylvania is appealing a judge’s decision to allow the construction of a gas pipeline in the path of a chapel that was erected to protest the project. (Associated Press)
• FERC approves a pipeline that will carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, but anti-pipeline activists have vowed to continue fighting the $1.2 billion project. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline say they are “days away” from beginning work, but legal challenges still loom. (Fayetteville Observer)

COAL:
• How well is the coal industry doing since President Trump took office? The results are mixed. (Grist)
• The city of Oakland, California, is going to trial to stop the development of what would be the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast. (Mother Jones)

TRANSMISSION: Proponents of the Northern Pass hydropower project in New Hampshire have filed a final brief with state regulators citing no view impacts with the project – but opponents are skeptical. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. solar industry is attempting to broker its own deal with China to reset solar-trade relations between the two counties, as it braces for a decision from President Trump on whether to place tariffs on imported panels. (Bloomberg Business, Associated Press)
• Federal researchers will plant pollinator-friendly habitat and other crops at three Minnesota solar farms. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Global supply chain dynamics played a large role in lowering the average cost of wind to $21 per megawatt-hour. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Philadelphia task force recommends abandoning an 11-year-old curbside EV parking program, saying it’s not sustainable in the long term. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

UTILITIES: Boulder’s plan to part ways with Xcel and produce its own electricity was probably a mistake and may actually be slowing climate progress, says the city’s former mayor. (Grist)

CAP-AND-TRADE: Cap-and-trade programs in California and New England haven’t been “stress tested,” but that will change as emissions targets draw closer. (Utility Dive)

POLICY: The New Jersey legislature is expected to take up several bills that former Gov. Chris Christie vetoed, including a bill requiring the state to re-enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (NJ.com)

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CLIMATE: The Trump administration has tried to restrict scientific information nearly 100 times in the past year, according to a new searchable database. (New Republic)

COMMENTARY:
• A carbon tax in Washington state is worth fight for, says a columnist for the Seattle Times.
• We need to find a replacement for the coal industry’s disappearing jobs, writes the founder of the Coalfield Development Corporation. (Newsweek)

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