U.S. Energy News

States propose laws to thwart Trump’s offshore drilling plan

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Coastal states are fighting the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling by proposing laws that make it difficult to bring oil and gas ashore. (Associated Press)
• The Interior Department plans to increase physical inspection time on offshore oil and gas facilities. (The Hill)

OIL & GAS:
• New tariffs on Chinese imports could make it harder for U.S. liquefied natural gas exporters. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Maryland General Assembly approves legislation making it easier to sue companies who cause offshore oil spills. (Baltimore Sun)

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COAL:
• A look at why some coal plants stay profitable while others are forced to retire. (Utility Dive)
• Demand for government coal reserves buried under Illinois family farms has never been greater, in part because companies get better federal leases compared to other parts of the country. (Midwest Energy News)
• An experimental “clean coal” project in southern Indiana would use coal and natural gas to produce diesel fuel and a liquid mixture often used as a solvent. (Indianapolis Star)

SOLAR:
• With the closure of a nearby coal-fired power plant looming, the city of Flagstaff and the Hopi tribe announce plans to to build a 19 MW solar project on tribal lands. (Arizona Daily Sun)
• The Arizona Supreme Court rules that homeowners who lease rooftop solar panels do not have to pay state property taxes on them. (Arizona Republic)
• Hawaii’s Maui College will be one of the first U.S. campuses to generate all of its energy from an on-site solar-plus-storage system. (Fast Company)

STORAGE: There’s a massive market opportunity for storage-as-peakers in California, and it will continue to grow as solar capacity increases, according to a new study. (Greentech Media)

TECHNOLOGY: A professor at the University of California, San Diego, may have developed a way to restore spent lithium-ion batteries. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

WIND: Wind provided more than 60 percent of the electricity supplied to the Oklahoma grid last week, breaking a record. (The Oklahoman)

RENEWABLES: Most voters in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Colorado support transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy, according to a poll conducted on behalf of the Sierra Club. (The Hill)

BIOFUELS: Sources say the Trump administration will meet Tuesday to discuss proposals to ease the financial burden of the Renewable Fuel Standard on oil refiners. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR: California lawmakers introduce legislation to ensure the state replaces the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with clean energy. (Utility Dive)

REGULATION: Federal regulators approve renewable generation as part of ISO New England’s auction process, making it the first power grid in the country to do so. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

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CLIMATE:
• Conflicting court decisions for five California cities and counties that are suing fossil fuel companies for climate change damages have created a legal paradox. (InsideClimate News)
• Researchers recommend ways for the media to better challenge EPA administrator Scott Pruitt on his climate change views. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
Rolling back EPA coal ash regulations would save utilities nearly $100 million dollars a year while putting communities at greater health and environmental risk. (The Progressive)
• Four Colorado cities could reach net-zero carbon generation for a cost premium of only 8 percent by 2030, which shows “renewables can compete anywhere,” say experts at the Rocky Mountain Institute. (GreenBiz)

 

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