U.S. Energy News

Study: U.S. air quality improvements are slowing down

POLLUTION: U.S. gains at curbing air pollution have slowed significantly in recent years, according to a recent study. (USA Today)

OIL & GAS: Wildlife advocates file lawsuits to block or reverse several oil and gas lease sales in four western states, citing the need to protect threatened bird habitat. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
Russian trolls used social media propaganda to encourage protesters fighting Florida’s Sabal Trail Pipeline and other U.S. energy projects. (McClatchy DC)
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear a case in which developers of the Constitution Pipeline argued New York overstepped federal authority in rejecting a permit for the project. (Reuters)

UTILITIES:
California regulators fine Pacific Gas & Electric $97.5 million for improper communications with commissioners in regards to a fatal 2010 gas pipeline explosion. (Utility Dive)
Utilities in Arizona, Nevada and Michigan push back against clean energy initiatives set to go to voters in the fall. (Daily Energy Insider)

SOLAR:
The U.S. Postal Service plans to install solar arrays at facilities in New Jersey, California and Massachusetts. (Solar Power World)
A newcomer to the Minnesota solar industry sees big potential to sign up more residential customers for community solar garden subscriptions. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
New projects in Ohio and Illinois will allow General Motors to power 20 percent of its operations with renewable energy. (Michigan Radio)
Oklahoma state senators vote down a bill that would have abolished tax credits for the wind industry. (Tulsa World)
Texas regulators approve Xcel Energy’s plans to add more than 1,200 megawatts of wind farms in Texas and New Mexico. (Denver Business Journal)

RENEWABLES: Duke Energy added more than 1,000 megawatts of solar, wind and biomass in 2017, increasing its renewable portfolio by 20 percent. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

BIOFUEL: A consumer watchdog group demands a federal probe into why the EPA waived federal biofuel requirements for an oil refinery owned by former Trump adviser Carl Icahn. (Common Dreams)

NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy’s plan to shutter three nuclear plants won’t threaten grid reliability or stability, according to Mid-Atlantic grid operator PJM. (Greentech Media)

GRID: The PJM Interconnection will study the risks of relying too heavily on a single energy source, such as liquid natural gas. (The Hill)

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CLIMATE: Industry-friendly groups ask the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether cities suing Exxon over climate change should have told bond investors more about climate risks. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
Vox’s David Roberts uses three charts to show why hitting Paris climate targets is “a long shot.”
Blockchain technology could potentially make energy efficiency quicker and cheaper, says a program director at American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. (ACEEE)
• Scott Pruitt’s EPA understands the critical role the biomass industry plays in job creation and low electric rates, says a Georgia utility commissioner. (Southeast Energy News)

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