U.S. Energy News

Solar is the ‘new casinos’ as tribes bet on renewables

RENEWABLES: American Indian tribes are turning to wind and solar projects as a way to generate revenue and boost local economies. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• A massive solar plus storage project in Los Angeles is another example of how clean energy is knocking fossil fuels off the grid. (Science Magazine)
New York environmentalists release a plan to power and heat the state capitol and a state office complex with renewable energy. (Albany Times Union)

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STORAGE: Long Island could become a hot spot for energy storage deployment in New York due to its geography and  grid structure. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
Rhode Island solar developers look for opportunities to build projects on brownfields or other reclaimed sites. (Providence Business News)
• North Carolina solar developer Cypress Creeks Renewables will expand to markets in Texas and other states. (Greentech Media)
• High electricity costs in Georgia are keeping low-income homeowners from adopting solar power. (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

EFFICIENCY:
• The North Carolina Senate sidelines a bill that would have increased a target for energy savings in state government buildings. (Energy News Network)
Massachusetts lawmakers have advanced a flurry of bills to promote energy efficiency in the state. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES:
California lawmakers give final approval to a bill creating a $21 billion wildfire fund for utilities. (Greentech Media)
• Utilities say Mississippi and other Southern states are being shortchanged on federal funding for energy assistance for low-income homes. (Mississippi Today)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Oregon has been slow to release millions of dollars for electric vehicle rebates, partly because of a lawsuit by AAA to block the program. (Willamette Week)
Ford and Volkswagen are expected to announce a partnership today to develop electric and autonomous vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)
• A consulting group’s report says the rise of electric vehicles could make most gas stations unprofitable within the next 15 years. (E&E News, subscription)

VW SETTLEMENT: An analysis shows 42% of states’ Volkswagen emissions settlement money has been spent on diesel, natural gas or propane infrastructure. (Quartz)

NUCLEAR:
A Nevada congressman calls on Energy Secretary Rick Perry to resign after its was revealed the U.S. Department of Energy may have mistakenly shipped nuclear waste to the state again. (Aiken Standard)
• The Energy Department plans to extend the lives of existing nuclear reactors and support new technology to revive the nuclear industry. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS:
• California’s governor fires the state’s top oil and gas regulator amid conflict of interest allegations. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)
• The Bureau of Land Management office in Carlsbad, New Mexico, faces accusations that staffers routinely skirt environmental rules in favor of the oil and gas industry, documents show. (High Country News)
• A short documentary follows West Virginia landowners fighting the natural gas industry over property rights. (CBS, ProPublica)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators ask Mountain Valley Pipeline developers about the safety of a protective coating used to prevent corrosion on the pipe. (Roanoke Times)

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COAL: Coal could account for as little as 11% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030, according to a new analysis by Moody’s Investors Service. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: The falling cost of clean energy makes natural gas a risky bet that utility regulators should avoid, an electricity policy advocate writes. (Forbes)

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