U.S. Energy News

States prepare to fight for lighting efficiency standard

EFFICIENCY: States consider legal and legislative responses to the Trump administration’s moves to roll back lighting efficiency standards. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
• Solar industry groups plan to focus more on state policy in the South after South Carolina passes a bill lifting a net metering cap. (PV Magazine)
• As Midwest utilities embrace large-scale solar projects, they’re also pushing back against customer-owned distributed generation. (E&E News, subscription)
• On a Puerto Rican island, busted solar panels and blown out batteries offer a cautionary tale about the territory’s electricity system. (HuffPost)

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WIND:
• An Oklahoma wind farm that supplies power to Budweiser is an example of how corporations are spurring renewable energy growth. (New York Times)
Only a dozen ships worldwide are large enough to erect offshore wind turbines, foreshadowing a shortage as the industry grows. (Bloomberg)
• Vertical-axis wind turbines have been slow to catch on, but proponents say the technology could be well suited for floating offshore wind. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLES:
Congressional hearings this week will look at the next generation of renewable technology and carbon capture and storage research. (E&E News)
Springtime is ushering in new records for renewable energy in places like California where last month the state briefly became an energy exporter. (Grist)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A bill in Illinois would raise annual electric vehicle registration fees to $1,000, which would mean EV drivers would pay substantially more for roads than drivers of gasoline cars. (Chicago Tribune)
Colorado air quality regulators vote to hold hearings later this summer on a proposal to adopt California’s zero emission vehicle standards. (Denver Post)

COAL:
A Wyoming-based coal company, the third largest in the nation in terms of volume, files for bankruptcy. (Associated Press)
• West Virginia’s coal industry influenced the Trump administration’s decisions to disregard concerns about endangered wildlife. (Washington Post)

OIL & GAS:
North Dakota prepares to sue Washington state over a new law requiring oil moved by rail to have fewer volatile gases. (Associated Press)
Ship and barge traffic resumes in the Houston Ship Channel after an oil tanker and barge collision spilled thousands of barrels of gasoline. (CNN)

PIPELINES: Environmental groups argue in court that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could endanger four threatened species. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

GRID:
Officials from the nation’s four federally operated power marketing administrations will testify this week before a Senate committee. (E&E News)
California utilities warn of more power cutoffs this summer to avert wildfire risks, but many communities are still not prepared. (Bloomberg)

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ADVOCACY: Fossil fuel divestment is one of the fastest-growing movements in the fight against climate change, and it’s only getting started. (Vox)

COMMENTARY:
• Iowa Republicans say renewables will help diversify the state’s energy portfolio and give it more control over its energy transition. (Des Moines Register)
• Energy writer Ken Silverstein says new technology and a price on carbon could help preserve nuclear power in the U.S. (Forbes)
• Texas lawmakers need to support the state’s renewable energy future, an editorial board says. (Houston Chronicle)

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