U.S. Energy News

Study: Battery storage could boost CO2 emissions in some regions

STORAGE:
• Battery storage could increase in carbon emissions in parts of the country by increasing coal consumption, according to new research. (Greentech Media)
• The U.S. market for energy storage could reach 50,000 megawatts if battery prices keep declining and policies continue to be favorable, according to a new analysis. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• President Trump says a new tariff on solar panels is helping to revive U.S. solar manufacturing and boasts that “we make better solar panels than China.” (The Hill)
• The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) says President Trump’s statements about tariffs helping the solar industry are misleading, calling the policy “bad for American jobs and our economy.” (Washington Examiner)
• U.S. solar installers are significantly more optimistic than they were in 2016, except for those in California, according to a recent survey. (Greentech Media)

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GRID: Regulatory hurdles are a key factor in the difficulty of building long-distance transmission projects, according to a panel discussion at the University of Chicago. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL & GAS: It will cost $6.1 billion to reclaim more than 94,000 oil and gas wells on federal lands when they stop producing, and taxpayers may have to foot some of the bill, according to a recent analysis. (Reuters)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: An advisory panel at the Interior Department is considering whether the Trump administration should cut royalty rates that firms pay for offshore oil and gas drilling from 18.75 percent to 12.5 percent. (Washington Post)

COAL:
• The U.S. Interior Department is giving more than $91 million to help Wyoming reclaim its abandoned coal mines. (Associated Press)
• The Trump administration’s effortplans to revive the coal industry seems in contrast to the public’s waning view of coal, according to a new report. (The Morning Call)

COAL ASH:
• North Carolina regulators rule Duke Energy Progress customers are responsible for essentially all costs to clean up the utility’s coal-ash operations and impose a $30 million “mismanagement penalty” on the company. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Residents in southwestern Chicago suburbs worryare concerned that more coal ash will be stored at a defunct quarry after a company moves it from other impoundments. (Midwest Energy News)

REGULATION: A federal judge dismisses a challenge by environmental groups seeking to block an executive order that directed federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new regulation adopted. (The Hill)

BIOFUEL: The heads of six national farming groups send a letter asking President Trump to keep the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard for vehicles in place, calling the rule a “strong engine driving the rural economy.” (The Hill)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The Trump administration passes a rule requiring “quiet” hybrid and electric cars to emit engine-like sounds while running, which will take effect in September 2020. (The Hill)
• A new survey shows California consumers have a low awareness of plug-in cars, despite the state having the largest electric-vehicle market in the country. (Greentech Media)
• Utilities and environmental organizations are finding common ground on electric vehicle policy. (Utility Dive)

HYDRO: California’s governor signs a bill that will strengthen dam inspection standards. (Sacramento Bee)

RENEWABLES:
• A Stanford professor drops a $10 million defamation suit against an academic journal that published research criticizing his roadmap for the country to wean itself off fossil fuels by 2055. (Greentech Media)
• More than 100 cities worldwide are running off at least 70 percent renewable energy, including Eugene, Oregon; Aspen, Colorado; Burlington, Vermont; and Seattle, Washington. (InsideClimate News)

NUCLEAR: A controversial nuclear subsidy bill in New Jersey stalls after it fails to advance in the Senate; lawmakers say it needs further review. (NJ Spotlight)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental attorney says some environmental groups are acting prematurely in saying utilities are stalling to clean up potential coal ash contamination under a 2015 federal rule. (Utility Dive)
• President Trump’s recent infrastructure proposals could spur renewed investment in domestic hydropower, and the reforms should have bipartisan support, says an executive at Voith Hydro, Inc. (The Hill)

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