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Study: Gulf oil spill leaked far more than company claimed

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A federal study finds a nearly 15-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could have leaked up to 4,500 gallons a day, less than other estimates but is much more than the energy company claims. (Associated Press)

COAL: President Trump’s nominee for United Nations ambassador, in her current role as U.S. ambassador to Canada, copied her husband, an Oklahoma coal magnate, on email exchanges with EPA officials. (Associated Press)

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A pilot project in Missouri will test how lead-acid batteries could help level power demand at electric vehicle charging stations. (Energy News Network)
• The CEO of a California battery company talks about how they are using silicon in place of graphite to improve battery density. (Greentech Media)
• The owner of a Nevada mine says it contains enough lithium to increase domestic production sixfold within a few years. (Bloomberg)

• After a 2016 fire left it without power or water, the Spokane Tribe in Washington state invests in solar energy in hopes of lowering bills, creating jobs and increasing “energy sovereignty.” (Crosscut)
• Even without state-level renewable energy mandates, Georgia has become a solar energy leader in the Southeast and U.S. because of market forces. (NPR)
• China’s Huawei Technologies, the world’s biggest solar inverter manufacturer, ceases sales in the U.S. amid escalating trade tensions. (Greentech Media)
• Huge solar farms floating in the ocean could convert carbon dioxide in seawater into methanol for vehicle fuel, according to new research. (NBC News)

WIND: The inability to develop a wind project on a nearly abandoned island in upstate New York shows the difficulty the state could face in achieving its clean energy goals. (New York Times)

NUCLEAR: As it seeks a legislative bailout, FirstEnergy says it can’t disclose to lawmakers or the public the unprofitability of two nuclear plants due to ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

PIPELINES: Massachusetts’ former energy secretary was participating in meetings for a controversial compressor station while he was negotiating a job with the project’s consultant. (DeSmog)

• A planned cryptocurrency data center in Colorado threatens to put state and local renewable goals further from reach, critics say. (Energy News Network)
• Politicians and business leaders fight a Florida ballot measure that would allow customers to choose electricity providers or to produce their own power. (Orlando Sentinel)
• Rural electric cooperatives’ investments in coal plants prevent them from transitioning to more renewable energy, according to a new report. (Platts)

• New Mexico’s oil and gas industry submits its own plan to lower methane emissions at the encouragement of the governor. (Albuquerque Journal)
The Philadelphia oil refinery rocked by explosions last week has a long history of fires and accidents over its more than a century existence. (Billypenn)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin frac sand mining operations are increasingly dormant as competition grows in Oklahoma and Texas. (Associated Press)

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EMISSIONS: A coalition of labor unions and environmental groups releases a plan to get the U.S. to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: The Trump administration’s Affordable Energy Plan “places the immediate interests of coal companies and miners ahead of everything else,” writes the Chicago Tribune editorial board. 

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