U.S. Energy News

Survey: U.S. wind industry struggling to find workers

WIND: The U.S. wind industry can’t find enough workers, according to employers surveyed for a federal report released yesterday. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• U.S. offshore wind development faces several challenges, and its future may depend on Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. (Bloomberg, E&E News)
• Ohio’s wind industry could face more hurdles to siting projects if regulators approve new requirements related to building codes and incident reporting. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• Massachusetts legislators consider following California’s lead by requiring solar panels on most new construction. (Energy News Network)
• Duke Energy cancels its largest solar project within two months of winning its own bid, raising questions about its monopoly. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE:
• Dominion Energy says it plans to spend about $33 million on four energy storage pilot projects totalling 16 MW in Virginia. (Associated Press)
• An Arizona utility commissioner says lithium-ion batteries in large-scale energy storage projects “create unacceptable risks.” (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Nissan and EVgo announce plans to build 200 charging stations across the United States that will fill batteries twice as fast as typical EV fast chargers. (E&E News)

PIPELINES: A halt on a 2-mile section of the Mountain Valley Pipeline doesn’t stop environmental problems along the route, opponents say. (Roanoke Times)

NUCLEAR: Exelon officials say Illinois’ transition to 100% carbon-free power can’t happen without PJM market reforms to keep nuclear plants open. (RTO Insider)

FOSSIL FUELS:
• Los Angeles County adopts a sustainability plan that calls for phasing out fossil fuels over the next 30 years. (City News Service, Curbed LA)
• As co-ops struggle with stranded fossil fuel assets, Colorado’s Tri-State may finally embrace a clean energy transition. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• New York prosecutors accused ExxonMobile of discouraging potential witnesses from testifying in a climate fraud case. (InsideClimate News)
• Oil terminal operators gave false information to Portland mayoral aides about receiving, storing and shipping tar sands crude, according to handwritten notes from a meeting in March. (The Oregonian)

COAL:
• The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sides with the Trump administration in a legal fight over the repeal of Obama-era power plant pollution rules. (Bloomberg)
• A federal judge approves the sale of two Wyoming coal mines from bankrupt Blackjewel to Contura Energy, which has promised to reinstate 500 jobs at the sites. (Star-Tribune)
• An attorney representing miners left unpaid by the bankruptcy of Blackjewel says they could get some of the money they are owed from the sale of several mines but full compensation is not guaranteed. (Ohio Valley Resource)

BIOFUELS:
• Ethanol plants across the Midwest are expected to cut back production due to oversupply and President Trump’s trade dispute with China. (Radio Iowa)
• 2020 Democratic presidential candidates embrace ethanol mandates, though observers say the position contradicts support for policies like the Green New Deal. (E&E News, subscription)

OVERSIGHT: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission lacked a quorum to vote on changes to New England’s electricity market. (E&E News)

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CLIMATE: U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s reading of an esoteric court decision turning the jurisdiction of a climate change lawsuit against oil companies back to state court has gone viral. (Boston Globe)

COMMENTARY: Increasing carbon emissions in Texas are canceling out emissions reductions in other states, an environmental advocate writes. (The Hill)

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