U.S. Energy News

Solar tax credits back on the table in Congress

SOLAR: A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduces legislation to extend the solar tax credit for five years as installations reach a record high. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A Tesla letter to shareholders did not provide any update on its long-awaited plan to manufacture solar roof panels at its Buffalo factory. (Buffalo News)
• The NAACP works with Michigan churches and other groups to promote diversity in the solar industry. (WJRT)

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WIND:
• In Oklahoma, American Electric Power seeks to build a 1,500 MW wind farm, while NextEra pursues a wind, solar and storage hybrid. (Greentech Media)
• Clean energy advocates urge Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to act quickly to remove uncertainty caused by a budget amendment that addresses pricing of energy from future offshore wind projects. (Taunton Daily Gazette)

NATURAL GAS:
• Documents show a California utility is behind a purported consumer group that is fighting natural gas bans in Berkeley and other cities. (The Guardian)
• A Florida board approve a Tampa utility’s plan to convert a coal plant to natural gas rather than replace it with renewables. (Fox 13)

TRANSMISSION:
• Eversource says it will end its pursuit of the Northern Pass transmission line, noting it spent $318 million on the failed venture. (NHPR)
• Attorneys general in Michigan and Illinois file briefs opposing a proposed Wisconsin transmission line because ratepayers in those states would bear some of the costs. (Wisconsin State Journal)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge says it’s willing to consider rerouting the Line 5 pipeline around a tribe’s reservation in northern Wisconsin. (Associated Press)
• On the ninth anniversary of an Enbridge oil pipeline spill in southwestern Michigan, protesters call for Line 5 to be shut down in the Straits of Mackinac. (WILX)

OIL & GAS: Elevated levels of a deadly gas were detected by air monitoring meters during a June refinery fire, but Philadelphia health officials dismissed it as a false positive. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

COAL: Two of Blackjewel’s coal mines in Wyoming could reopen if a judge approves a purchase offer. (Associated Press)

BIOGAS: Renewable natural gas is taking off in the U.S., especially in North Carolina, as the agriculture industry invests in projects. (Yale 360)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A lack of key materials for batteries could limit the growth of electric vehicles as soon as the mid-2020s, new research says. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES: New Jersey’s largest and oldest power company says it’s on track to cut carbon emissions 80% by 2046 as it shuts down coal plants and bets big on offshore wind. (CNN)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Tribes in Wisconsin and South Dakota are among the recipients of $16 million in federal funding for clean energy projects. (Utility Dive)
• Xcel Energy is “one of many firms making multi-billion-dollar gambles on the shift to cleaner energy.” (The Economist)
• A clean energy transition coloring book is designed to help make complicated topics such as fossil fuel subsidies more accessible. (Fast Company)

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CLIMATE: Cities’ climate change lawsuits against oil companies stand a chance in state courts, experts say, but they will almost certainly be dismissed in federal court. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY: The director of the Rockefeller Family Fund says candidates need to be judged on whether their policies will decrease fossil fuel extraction. (New York Times)

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