U.S. Energy News

States struggle with how to replace solar net metering

SOLAR: As rooftop solar expands, states have struggled to devise successors to net metering, but replicable models may be emerging. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: Homeowners are increasingly turning to solar backed by storage to keep the lights on during extreme storms. (U.S. News & World Report)

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• Nuclear plants in Virginia and North Carolina are vulnerable to storm surges and heavy flooding, the Union of Concerned Scientists says. (CityLab)
A U.S. appeals court upholds Illinois’ zero-emission credit program that acts as a subsidy for struggling nuclear plants. (RTO Insider)

• Virginia companies ask Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration for more flexibility in buying energy from alternative suppliers. (Energy News Network)
New York City announces a goal to double pension fund investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other climate solutions. (Associated Press)

• While riding on a plug-in hybrid ferry, California’s governor signs a dozen bills into law aimed at boosting electric vehicle use. (Sacramento Bee)
Ikea invests in electric vehicles as part of an effort to offer zero-emission delivery in large cities by 2020 and worldwide by 2025. (Fast Company)

• Faulty gas lines cause a series of explosions and fires north of Boston, killing a teenager and injuring a handful of others. (Associated Press, WCVB5)
• Oil and gas industry investors debate whether to continue pumping money into oil fields or if the fracking boom should slow down. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: A right-leaning think tank sides with Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents, saying regulatory approval processes routinely violate landowner rights. (E&E News)

NATURAL GAS: As utilities rush to build natural gas plants, declining costs for solar and storage put them at risk for billions of dollars in stranded assets. (PV Magazine)

Connecticut joins an international alliance dedicated to ending reliance on traditional coal-fired power plants. (Hartford Courant)
• Coal companies could reduce waste and make a profit by extracting rare earth metals found in coal ash, scientists say. (The Conversation)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire lawmakers vote to overturn Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill subsidizing biomass plants. (NHPR)

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TRANSMISSION: Dark money and opaque alliances make it difficult to know the true identity of Maine’s opponents to a transmission line that would deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. (Portland Press Herald)

• Big Oil is starting to pay a steep political cost for three decades worth of short-term victories, a columnist writes. (Bloomberg)
• Electric flight will transform our cities for the better, and it will happen sooner than you think, write two venture capital investors. (Greentech Media)  
• President Trump keeps touting coal in conservative states where renewable energy is cheaper and voters are ready to make the switch, a columnist writes. (MarketWatch)

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