U.S. Energy News

State elections could have big impact on oil and gas industry

POLITICS: Michigan’s gubernatorial election this year could decide the fate of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Colorado’s oil and gas industry has poured $21 million into the fight against a ballot measure seeking to extend drilling setbacks. (Colorado Politics)

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OIL AND GAS: Offshore oil production shows the first signs of a turnaround as crude prices hover near $70 a barrel. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES:
• Two more protesters stage a tree sit-in along the Mountain Valley Pipeline route in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)
• The fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline continues with a new wave of activism in the bayous of Louisiana. (The Nation)
• A group of nuns who have failed to stop a natural gas pipeline from crossing their rural Pennsylvania property are taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Lancaster Online)

SOLAR:
• Community solar is nascent, but growing quickly in states like New York, where there’s been a groundswell of political and financial support. (Grist)
Duke Energy reaches an agreement with South Carolina environmentalists and solar advocates to reinstate net metering until next spring. (The State)
• A network of local solar power cooperatives is helping Ohio homeowners overcome obstacles to installing solar panels. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: Adopting new energy efficiency policies could save Hawaii households more money than anywhere else in the country, according to a new analysis. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new documentary argues that transitioning to electric cars in Kentucky coal country is easier than people think. (WMKY)

FUEL EFFICIENCY: Groups representing more than 3,400 cities and counties file an amicus brief opposing the Trump administration’s vehicle fuel efficiency rollback. (Earther)

COAL:
Arizona’s largest utility seeks a $67 million rate increase to cover the cost of installing pollution controls at a coal-fired power plant. (Arizona Republic)
• Some industry analysts say FirstEnergy’s coal plant retirement announcement was designed to “force the hand” of federal policymakers to provide coal subsidies. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: The planned closure of nuclear plants across the U.S. is expected to create economic hardship for communities. (Christian Science Monitor)

GRID: Federal regulators allow grid operator PJM to delay its next capacity auction as it redesigns its market rules. (Utility Dive)

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CLIMATE: Massachusetts’ highest court upholds the state’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power plants, ruling this week against a group of electric utilities that wanted immunity from state limits imposed last year. (InsideClimate News, Boston Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• More major companies have set energy efficiency targets than renewable goals, maybe because it’s good for their bottom lines. (GreenBiz)
The head of Ohio’s electric cooperatives says President Trump’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan provides “needed flexibility and certainty” for power providers. (Columbus Dispatch)

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