U.S. Energy News

Republicans seek to further weaken EPA’s climate authority

CLIMATE: Republican lawmaker say they still intend to fight the 2009 EPA finding that carbon emissions are covered under the Clean Air Act. (E&E News)

Multiple legal battles are shaping up over the Trump administration’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule. (E&E News)
• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces the state plans to sue the Trump administration over its plan to roll back pollution rules for coal-fired power plants, saying the move is “an affront to people who want to breathe clean air.” (The Spokesman-Review)
• The Trump administration’s new rules that weaken regulations on coal-fired power plants will disproportionately affect poor and minority communities in places like West Virginia. (Vice)

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• Rural ratepayers in the West will pay hundreds of millions of additional dollars for electricity if their wholesale supplier doesn’t switch from coal to cleaner mix of renewable energy, according to a new study. (Energy News Network)
• A municipal utility in western Michigan considers closing its coal plant as operations and maintenance costs become too costly. (MLive)

Lawmakers in at least 31 states have introduced bills and orders that try to restrict pipeline protests. (InsideClimate News)
Two environmental groups sue the U.S. Coast Guard over its admitted inability to respond to an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit News)

Texas’ largest port exported more crude oil than it imported for the first time ever, according to the Energy Department. (CNN Money)
Pennsylvania regulators should more than double the required distance between frack wells and homes to protect public health, according to a new study. (Environmental Health News)

Arizona regulators could vote in September on a new rate for residential solar and battery installation. (Utility Dive)
• A Minnesota clean energy group partners with Habitat for Humanity to install solar panels on a home that will help reduce electricity costs. (Pine and Lakes Echo Journal)
A Virginia community studies views from historic battlefields to help them decide on solar farm projects. (Culpeper Star-Exponent)

EFFICIENCY: A voluntary program in Delaware that informs customers when the grid is nearing a peak energy-use period has saved ratepayers $27 million. (Delaware Business Now)

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WIND: The United States only has five offshore wind turbines, located off the coast of Rhode Island, but the industry is on the brink of rapid growth. (Yale Climate Connections)

A Michigan professor says the Trump administration should be helping coal workers transition to the solar industry. (The Conversation)
A climate advocate says President Trump giving false hope to West Virginia coal workers “is among the cruelest of his lies.” (ThinkProgress)

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