U.S. Energy News

Solar developers stockpile panels before tax credit fades

SOLAR: The country’s largest solar developers are stockpiling solar panels before a 30% federal tax credit starts to phase out next year. (Reuters)

• New York awards two contracts to build 1,700 MW of offshore wind off Long Island, the largest such contracts in the U.S. to date. (New York Times)
• Massachusetts’ Vineyard Wind says its 800 MW offshore wind project is at risk if federal regulators delay an environmental impact statement more than six weeks. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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EMISSIONS: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction law in the country. (Politico)

EFFICIENCY: A pilot program in Charlottesville, Virginia, pairs affordable housing vouchers with forgivable, city-funded loans that can be used to fund efficiency upgrades. (Energy News Network)

FINANCING: Property assessed clean energy loans are booming in Florida, but so are complaints from property owners. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Longer range, more choices, and better prices will help electric vehicles overtake gasoline-powered cars in the coming decades, experts say. (CNN)

NUCLEAR: A Utah cooperative says it has enough power-purchase agreements to begin pursuing a license for what would be the first small modular reactor in the U.S. (Associated Press)

Virginia, North Carolina, and the federal government sue Duke Energy for environmental damage from the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill. (Associated Press)
The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign secures a 2028 closure date for 1,300 MW of capacity at an Indiana coal plant. (S&P Global)
• More insurers are refusing to underwrite or invest in mining or utility companies with major stakes in coal. (Axios)

• A panel of judges will hear two appeals from oil companies challenging lawsuits by cities suing the companies for climate damages. (E&E News)
• The refinery explosion in Philadelphia last month is the latest in a string of incidents around the country that put the public at risk from exposure to the deadly chemical hydrogen fluoride. (NPR)
• A study of Colorado infants finds that mothers living near intense oil and gas activity are more likely to have children with heart defects. (Houston Chronicle)

• North Dakota sues the federal government to recover $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)
• An indigenous leader in Michigan who has led opposition to the Line 5 pipeline is now a consultant for Enbridge. (Michigan Radio)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The federal government will hold a lease sale Aug. 21 to open 77.8 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas development. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: A bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduces legislation to speed permitting for renewable energy projects on public lands in certain areas. (E&E News, subscription)

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• Critics say a Colorado energy provider, under pressure from members to provide more clean energy, is trying to subvert state climate goals and avoid oversight. (E&E News)
The number of electric utility rate cases nationally in 2018 increased to 89, the largest number since 1983. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

• An author and conservationist says the case for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is not based on national emergency or economic needs, but out of spite. (New York Times)
• The size and diversity of New York’s economy makes its commitment to reducing climate pollution especially significant, an environmental organization says. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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