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Report: U.S. spent $500 million on abandoned carbon capture projects

CARBON CAPTURE: The U.S. Department of Energy spent roughly $500 million on carbon capture demonstration projects that were abandoned, according to a government analysis. (E&E News, subscription)

ALSO: Rolling back provisions in the U.S. EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards could increase the cost for generators to use carbon capture. (Utility Dive)

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RENEWABLES: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s “ambitious” new energy plan calls for 2,000 MW of offshore wind in the next decade and pushes solar energy, electric vehicles and electric grid modernization. (Renewables Now, Daily Press)

WIND:
• President Trump’s tariffs on imported metals could raise the cost of U.S. wind power by 10 percent, advocates and manufacturers say. (Bloomberg)
• A political shift against wind energy could derail the last remaining wind project under development in Vermont — a single 2.2 MW turbine at a dairy farm in the state’s far northeastern corner. (Energy News Network)
• NextEra Energy agrees to halt construction of two Oklahoma wind farms to prevent potential litigation over airspace permits. (The Oklahoman)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups dispute North Carolina officials’ claims that coal ash hasn’t polluted a river with heavy metals at levels harmful to human health following Hurricane Florence. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court vacates a permit the Mountain Valley Pipeline needed to cross streams and rivers in southern West Virginia. (Roanoke Times)

COAL: Illinois regulators are expected to decide this week on a Rauner administration plan to ease clean air rules critics say would benefit eight downstate coal plants. (Better Government Association)

OIL:
• Texas oil drillers are overwhelming the region’s infrastructure, driving up costs, lowering oil prices and slowing growth. (Reuters)
• Exxon Mobil considers selling many of its U.S. Gulf of Mexico assets because of high prices. (Reuters)
• Environmental groups continue to challenge a proposed oil refinery near a national park in western North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum completes a $23.3 billion acquisition of rival Andeavor, making it the largest U.S. oil refiner by capacity. (Toledo Blade)

GRID: New England grid operators release a 2019 work plan that is focused on developing a “market-based solution” to meet the region’s winter energy needs. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR:
• Xcel Energy officials say nuclear power will continue to play a key role in the company’s clean energy portfolio. (Rosemount Town Pages)
• Nevada’s governor asks the U.S. Department of Energy to reconsider its plan to allow South Carolina to send plutonium to the state that was supposed to be repurposed into fuel for nuclear reactors. (Nevada Independent)

POLICY: A new California law is expected to expand the state’s competitive energy market, a move supporters say is a logical step forward for customer choice but is opposed by some environmental groups. (Greentech Media)

NATURAL GAS: Columbia Gas announces a plan to replace gas mains, service lines and gas meters in three communities outside Boston where a series of explosions destroyed homes and killed a man last month. (Associated Press)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
•The CEO of Consumers Energy says the utility is pushing EV adoption and infrastructure “for the good of Michigan and the good of our planet.” (Daily Energy Insider)
• Volvo will begin testing electric trucks in California next year with plans to start commercial sales in 2020. (Forbes)

COMMENTARY:
• The chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission says the state’s Future Energy Jobs Act is “under assault” by grid operator PJM, and suggests a solution may be leaving the organization. (Utility Dive)
• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s governor says Americans can demand a clean energy future by voting in November. (CNN)

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