U.S. Energy News

State lawmakers vow bills to block offshore drilling

OIL & GAS: A group of nine state lawmakers from different coastal states announce plans for legislation to block efforts to expand offshore drilling. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• BP approves a $1.3 billion expansion of one oil project in the Gulf of Mexico and found 1.4 billion barrels at two others. (Associated Press)
• The head of the nation’s main oil lobbying group says President Trump’s trade war threatens to leave a “void” in the world gas markets. (The Hill)

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EMISSIONS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

COAL:
New research shows how Colorado could save $2.5 billion through 2040 by rapidly phasing out coal-fired power plants while lowering customers’ bills. (Vox)
• FERC Commissioner Bernard McNamee says he won’t recuse himself from deliberations over grid resiliency unless they “closely resemble” a coal bailout he helped craft at the Department of Energy. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia’s air pollution control board unanimously approves a permit for an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station after Gov. Ralph Northam controversially removed two board members. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Federal attorneys say the government shutdown shouldn’t delay a hearing next week on whether to lift a hold on Keystone XL pipeline construction. (Associated Press)
• An energy lobbyist says the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been delayed because of “rogue environmental groups.” (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

RENEWABLES:
Texas has enough solar and wind to balance each other out, but that means the state would have to reimagine its grid. (Vox)
• A recent report in Minnesota suggests overbuilding wind and solar could be a cost-effective option to meet its renewable targets. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
A power trade group petitions the Supreme Court to review lower court rulings that upheld nuclear subsidy programs in New York and Illinois. (S&P Global)
• A federal appeals court says the federal government can shut down a nuclear fuel recycling plant in South Carolina. (Reuters)

GRID: Ohio clean energy advocates see a mixed outcome from the latest ruling by state regulators on net metering. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: A plan to tunnel a pipeline under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac could include transmission lines connecting Michigan’s peninsulas, but the cost and need for doing so remain unclear. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: A Virginia-based power company launches the world’s largest solar plus storage plant in Hawaii, making solar power available at night and bolstering the state’s clean energy ambitions. (Greentech Media)

WIND: Rhode Island fishermen are worried that a proposed wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard will snag their nets and cause vessels to crash into turbines. (NBC 10 News)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA plans to complete a rule allowing higher ethanol blends of gasoline by the summer driving season despite the government shutdown. (Reuters)

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CLIMATE: A University of Michigan expert says new Midwest governors could revive discussions on a regional plan to address climate change. (Bridge Magazine)

POLITICS:
• The Democratic chair of the House Energy committee says rejecting contributions from fossil fuel companies is “the wrong way to go and too limiting.” (Politico)
Washington’s governor signs a pledge refusing to accept donations from fossil fuel companies in his likely campaign to become president. (Huffington Post)

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