U.S. Energy News

Shell dumps oil industry group over climate stance

OIL AND GAS: Shell says it is leaving a U.S. oil industry trade group, citing the group’s failure to support the Paris climate agreement. (Reuters)

• Court records from a long-forgotten lawsuit suggest the only well ever drilled in a national wildlife refuge in Alaska produced a disappointing amount of oil. (New York Times)
• A new report says Massachusetts legislation requiring more rapid repair of natural gas leaks could cut methane emissions from the state’s pipeline system by half. (WBUR)
• It’s unclear whether President Trump’s recent permit to speed up construction of Keystone XL would survive a court challenge. (E&E News, subscription)

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Scientists warn that Trump administration budget cuts will stifle clean energy innovation. (InsideClimate News)
The Department of Energy announces $20 million in new funding for carbon capture research. (news release)

North Carolina environmental regulators order Duke Energy to excavate millions of tons of coal ash at six power plants and relocate it to lined landfills. (Charlotte Observer)
• A federal judge rules the state of Washington did not break the law when it rejected a crucial water quality permit for a proposed coal export terminal. (The Daily News)

EFFICIENCY: A proposal in Massachusetts would require an energy scorecard for homes before a sale. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Duke Energy proposes a $76 million program to add more than 2,500 electric vehicle chargers in North Carolina. (WFAE)

TRANSPORTATION: Some climate-focused investors are avoiding Uber and Lyft, whose ride-hailing services have been found to increase traffic congestion in some cities. (Reuters)

In new court filings, federal regulators say an Ohio utility and its generation subsidiary have drawn up a settlement “scheme” that is an “abuse of the bankruptcy system.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Liabilities for California’s largest utility now total $68 billion as a result of the company’s massive wildfire costs. (The Mercury News)

• Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing the state’s net metering policies. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)
• Hawaii regulators approve the largest solar farm ever built on Maui, a project that will also include a 240 MW battery system. (Maui News)

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GEOTHERMAL: SC Johnson will install a geothermal-powered heating and cooling system at its Wisconsin headquarters as part of the company’s broader shift to renewables. (Racine Journal Times)

• A columnist for the Arizona Republic asks if it’s reasonable for the state’s largest utility to mount multi-million campaigns to elect the regulators of its choice.
• An Ohio editorial board says dwindling health care funds for retired coal miners is a “betrayal.” (Toledo Blade)

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