U.S. Energy News

Several high-profile pipeline cases slated for 2020

PIPELINES: A series of high-profile pipeline cases will get their day in court this year, raising key questions over the use of eminent domain and states’ rights. (InsideClimate News)

CLIMATE: The Hartford insurance company cites climate change as it limits coverage of companies that derive much of their revenue from fossil fuels. (Associated Press)

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RENEWABLES: U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans for 2020 include major renewable energy projects in California, New Mexico, and Nevada. (E&E News)

COAL:
Duke Energy will dig up and remove nearly 80 million tons of coal ash at six sites in North Carolina and permanently close the facilities under a legal settlement with state environmental regulators. (News & Observer)
•  Montana’s Colstrip Units 1 and 2, one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the western U.S., will close by Jan. 5 or as soon as they run out of coal to burn. (Associated Press)
• U.S. coal stocks trended downward in 2019 despite a supportive presidential administration and industry-wide efforts to avoid debt. (S&P Global)

CLEAN ENERGY:
Massachusetts faces a reckoning as it spends more on clean energy programs than has been collected through utility bill surcharges. (Boston Globe)
Minnesota Senate Republicans plan to introduce legislation that will require utilities to move away from fossil fuels. (Forum News Service)

RESEARCH: A University of Minnesota professor has played a key role in connecting clean energy research with public policy. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• A new law in St. Louis, Missouri, requires all new residential and commercial buildings to be “solar ready,” allowing panels to be easily installed. (PV Magazine)
• Advocates debate whether solar panels should be required on new municipal construction in Massachusetts. (Boston Globe)

POLICY: State-level debates over solar, storage, utility oversight and clean energy targets are among the top energy policy issues this year. (E&E News, subscription)

CLEAN TECH: Experts see growing opportunity for green hydrogen markets in the U.S. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Utah program lets electric and hybrid vehicle drivers pay for the miles they drive instead of a flat annual charge. (Deseret News)
Questions are being raised about Tesla’s autopilot driving system in the wake of three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people. (Associated Press)

WIND:
AEP’s CEO lays out the company’s revised plan for large-scale wind energy investments in the Midwest. (S&P Global)
• A former New Hampshire representative says erecting wind turbines off the state’s coast would damage the tourism industry, which has not been the experience in Rhode Island. (Seacoastonline, Energy News Network archive)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota’s oil production soared in the 2010s thanks to horizontal drilling and fracking technologies. (Bismarck Tribune)
An oversupply of natural gas causes hundreds of job cuts in the fracking region of western Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

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NUCLEAR: The owner of the closed Three Mile Island nuclear plant asks federal regulators for permission to end maintenance of a warning zone and scale back emissions monitoring. (PennLive)

COMMENTARY: The growth of distributed generation and climate change-related destruction has brought new meaning to “grid resilience” in recent years, says a clean energy developer. (Greentech Media)

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