U.S. Energy News

Report: U.S. set to become net exporter of oil and gas within 10 years

OIL & GAS: A boom in shale production will make the U.S. a net exporter of oil and gas within 10 years, causing major upheaval to the global energy market, according to the International Energy Agency. (The Guardian, New York Times)

• African Americans are disproportionately affected by pollution from the oil and gas industry, with more than a million people living within half a mile of an oil and gas operation, according to a new report. (Reuters, Mother Jones)
• British primatologist Jane Goodall asks U.S. senators to protect Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas drilling, saying it will have a “devastating impact for the Gwich‘in people” who depend on caribou herds. (Reuters)

• Nebraska officials are expected to rule next week on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route through the state. (Associated Press)
• A lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeks to stop work on the Nexus pipeline, which is slated to run across northern Ohio and into Michigan and Canada. (Associated Press)
• Dozens of groups and individuals are challenging FERC’s approval of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines, asking the commission to revisit seemingly every aspect of the orders approving the projects. (Natural Gas Intel)

• None of the top nine U.S. insurers has taken “meaningful action” to divest from coal, according to an anti-coal coalition. (Reuters)
• A county hearing examiner denies two permits needed for a $680 million coal-export terminal project on the Columbia River in Washington state. (Daily News)
• Utilities plan to shut down a coal-burning plant in Kentucky, citing efficiency and financial reasons. (Louisville Courier Journal)

POLICY: A senior DOE official says the department is “confident” that FERC will adopt a rule to prop up coal and nuclear plants. (Utility Dive)

EPA: A federal push to lay off EPA employees has had a major impact in Chicago, where the local office has lost 61 employees. (Chicago Tonight)

GRID: The DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory says it will collaborate with National Grid on technologies to help make the grid more resilient and reliable, including grid-scale energy storage, advanced transmission network controls and enhanced cyber protection. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: There are four areas where cities can make the biggest climate impacts, according to a recent report. (Vox)

CARBON TRADING: Virginia regulators will seek approval on a proposed rule that would cap and reduce the state’s emissions while joining nine other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (InsideClimate News)

TECHNOLOGY: A Wisconsin researcher receives an $825,000 grant to develop lightweight electric motors using a technology first developed by Benjamin Franklin. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: A developer begins construction on a 320-megawatt wind farm in Nebraska, which is slated to provide electricity to a Facebook data center. (Kansas City Business Journal)

STORAGE: A proposed FERC rule for energy storage and distributed resources raises important issues, but no deadline or timetable has been set. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla is set to unveil its electric semi truck on Thursday, but it will face competition from other manufacturers. (Los Angeles Times)

BIOFUEL: Several electric power facilities on the Hawaiian island of Oahu may soon be running off biodiesel from recycled waste cooking oil. (Pacific Business News)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear power producers worry about a “marriage of convenience” with the coal industry. (E&E News)

• House Republicans are doing everything possible to protect coal and nuclear energy at the expense of natural gas and renewable sources, says a columnist for the Houston Chronicle.
• A Michigan researcher says subsidizing coal and nuclear plants could drive customers off the grid. (The Conversation)

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