U.S. Energy News

Survey: Most voters oppose Trump plan to expand offshore drilling

OFFSHORE DRILLING: More than half of voters oppose a Trump administration plan to expand offshore drilling, while two-thirds support states’ rights to request exemptions, according to a recent survey. (The Hill)

COAL: The Energy Department is seeking input on a plan to fund the development of small-scale, modular coal plants, which would be ready for construction by 2025. (The Hill)

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RENEWABLES:
Virginia regulators reject Dominion Energy’s proposal to offer 100 percent renewable energy plans to large customers, saying it would give the company “extraordinary discretion” in setting prices. (Greentech Media)
China has nearly 3.9 million renewable energy jobs, while the United States has less than 790,000, according to a new report. (Mother Jones)

SOLAR:
Solar companies want software that can solve industry-specific challenges such as understanding utility rates, according to a survey. (Greentech Media)
A 2.87-megawatt solar farm is completed in Maui, marking the island’s first large-scale solar project. (Pacific Business News)
Officials debut South Carolina’s largest solar farm, which is expected to power 20,000 homes and businesses. (Augusta Chronicle)

WIND:
• Arkansas regulators approve a $4.5 billion project that includes a 2,000 MW wind farm and 350-mile transmission line. (Enid News & Eagle)
• A 570 MW wind project in South Dakota would be the largest clean energy project on Native American land if it can overcome financial, cultural and bureaucratic barriers. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID:
• A Senate committee asks officials if they have adequately repaired Puerto Rico’s electric grid as a new hurricane season approaches. (The Hill)
• Regional grid operator PJM’s latest fuel security plan ignores the potential resiliency benefits of distributed generation, critics say. (Midwest Energy News)

AUTOMOTIVE:
A major automotive lobbying group tells lawmakers it opposes a Trump administration plan to weaken federal fuel efficiency standards. (The Hill)
A Trump administration plan to fight California’s authority to set its own auto emissions standards relies on “an extraordinarily weak legal argument,” experts say. (Bloomberg)

BIOFUELS:
Sources say President Trump may allow exported ethanol to count toward the biofuels quota required under the Renewable Fuel Standard, among other changes. (Reuters, The Hill)
EPA waivers of federal biofuel requirements have saved oil refineries hundreds of millions of dollars, according to public records. (Reuters)

CARBON OFFSETS: Native American tribes and corporations are earning millions by conserving forests through carbon offset programs. (Outside)

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EPA:
The Indiana National Guard last summer flew EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in a Black Hawk helicopter to visit a coal mine, according to EPA documents recently obtained by the Sierra Club. (The New Republic)
Pruitt worked closely with climate-denying groups like the Heartland Institute and CO2 Coalition on his plan to host a “red team, blue team” debate over climate science, according to internal emails. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: Solar, energy storage and wind companies are recruiting coal miners for new jobs, says the vice president of the Environmental Defense Fund’s clean energy program. (EDF Voices)

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