U.S. Energy News

Study: Methane from buildings could surpass drilling leaks

OIL & GAS: A new study suggestions fugitive natural gas leaks from homes and businesses could represent a far bigger problem than methane leaks from drilling. (Science)

ALSO:
• Federal energy regulators are divided about how climate change should factor into decisions about pipelines and other gas infrastructure. (Axios)
• Industry watchers say the Trump administration’s policies on liquified natural gas overlook the risk of catastrophic explosions. (E&E News)
• Clean energy groups will protest a Florida utility’s plan to transition a coal-fired power plant to natural gas. (WMNF)

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GRID:
• The U.S. electric grid largely withstood a sprawling heat wave last week and the surge of power demand for air conditioning that came with it. (E&E News)
A unanimous New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld a state board’s rejection of the Northern Pass transmission line from Canada, effectively killing the project. (Union Leader)

HYDRO: The Northwest’s biggest energy supplier faces new challenges in changing energy markets as it struggles with aging infrastructure. (Seattle Times) 

SOLAR: The pope’s message on climate change inspires Catholic groups to build solar projects, including a 5,000-panel array in Washington, D.C. (Washington Post)

WIND:
• New York’s offshore wind contracts announced last week cost less than estimates made only a year ago. (WNYT)
• A Google-backed, 200 MW wind project in northwestern Iowa is bringing several local economic benefits, including 150 new construction jobs and eventually $1.5 million in annual property tax revenue. (Sioux City Journal)

COAL:
Developers defend their plan to retrofit a New Mexico coal plant with carbon capture technology amid criticism the proposal is unrealistic. (E&E News)
• Appalachian coal miners visit Capitol Hill this week to ask lawmakers to bolster funding for a black lung disability trust fund. (Ohio Valley Resource)
Clean energy advocates want Duke Energy to expedite the timetable for closing its Indiana coal plants. (Associated Press)
• A federal judge approves a second loan for bankrupt coal company Blackjewel, but the money won’t go to back pay for Appalachian employees. (WVPB)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Some Florida lawmakers raise concerns about the Interior Department’s planned lease sale for oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico. (WFLA)

PIPELINES: Landowners near an Appalachian natural gas pipeline project ask a federal court of appeals to reconsider FERC’s role in analyzing greenhouse gas emission impacts. (E&E News, subscription)

MARKETS: Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment to deregulate Florida’s electricity market hope it will lower prices and boost renewables similar to what’s happened in Texas since 2002. (Sun Sentinel)

OVERSIGHT: An analysis finds Nevada’s tax breaks to companies like Tesla fail to deliver the promised economic impact. (Reno Gazette-Journal)

NUCLEAR: A report commissioned by the nuclear industry says closing plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio could lead to 126 deaths from increased pollution from more fossil fuel burning generation. (The Times)

BIOMASS: Public Citizen is asking federal regulators to force disclosure of the identities of members of a nonprofit that has thwarted state subsidies for struggling biomass plant in New Hampshire. (Energy News Network) 

EFFICIENCY: The U.S. home energy retrofit market is lacking in scale despite the massive energy savings opportunity in older homes. (Greentech Media)

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CLIMATE: Officials in Fairbanks, Alaska, will consider a climate resolution this week. (Alaska Native News)

COMMENTARY:
• States need to embrace smart policy for building electrification as more cities consider banning natural gas, a policy analyst writes. (Forbes)
• The Union of Concerned Scientists says offshore wind development is “hopping right along” with continued progress in several states on the East Coast. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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