U.S. Energy News

Solar developer: All bids in the West should include energy storage

SOLAR:  A BP-backed solar developer says all utility-scale solar bids placed west of Colorado should include storage, as states like California and Arizona start to worry about surplus on the grid at midday. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• California energy regulators vote this week on whether to require solar panels on new homes starting in 2020. (Orange County Register)
• The future of residential solar in Michigan is uncertain ahead of a new program that will replace net metering. (Midwest Energy News)

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WIND: About $1 trillion needs to be invested in offshore wind by 2040 to meet the goals of the Paris climate deal, according to a sustainability model from the International Energy Agency. (Axios)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Chicago startup looks to use blockchain software to reduce the time and transaction cost associated with the sale of clean energy. (Midwest Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: FirstEnergy offers customers several new discounts toward the purchase of electric vehicles. (Daily Energy Insider)

EFFICIENCY: Critics say a new law in Iowa will “eviscerate” the state’s energy efficiency programs. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS:
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduces legislation prohibiting leases for underwater drilling within three miles of New York’s coastline. (Associated Press)
• An unapologetically political outdoor retail company tangles with the Trump administration over its decision to shrink a national monument in Utah to aid energy development. (New York Times)

PIPELINES:
Enbridge is fined $1.8 million for failing to adequately inspect its Midwest pipelines for weaknesses under a 2016 agreement with federal agencies. (InsideClimate News)
Two Virginia women end a tree-sitting protest against the Mountain Valley Pipeline after a court order. (Associated Press)

POWER PLANTS: Entergy denies a report by The Lens that local actors were paid to attend New Orleans City Council meetings last fall and support a natural gas-fired power plant proposal. (Times-Picayune, The Lens)

NUCLEAR: Government scientists successfully test a “space-qualified nuclear reactor” in Nevada that could provide a reliable source of electricity for future space missions. (Associated Press)

GRID:
New England will have enough energy resources to meet consumer demands for electricity this summer, partly thanks to the proliferation of distributed energy, says ISO-New England. (Associated Press, Utility Dive)
A series of decisions by federal and Puerto Rican authorities hampered efforts to reconstruct the island’s power grid after Hurricane Maria, according to a new examination. (New York Times)

EPA:
Sources say EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt compiled a list of countries he hoped to visit and asked aides to find official reasons for him to travel. (The Hill)
EPA aides are delaying the release of documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act by screening records related to Pruitt using “the most burdensome review process.” (Politico)
The EPA confirms another media aide is leaving the agency, marking the fourth Pruitt aide to resign in five days. (The Hill)

CLIMATE:
A group of young Alaskans is launching a climate change lawsuit against the state and calling for a goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (InsideClimate News)
The EPA is still “updating” its climate change webpage, following its removal from the agency’s website last April. (Washington Post)

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POLITICS: An influential Republican climate advocate has been sending environmental leaders to meet with Energy Secretary Rick Perry and other members of the Trump administration. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
The U.S. Energy Information Administration is routinely off the mark in projecting the decline of the coal industry, clean energy analysts say. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
A carbon tax is “a tax on virtually everything we do,” and the costs would be crippling, says the director of the Center for Economic Prosperity and a policy analyst with the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment. (The Hill)

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