U.S. Energy News

Taxpayers face financial risk from abandoned oil and gas wells

OIL & GAS:
• Some analysts worry the U.S. shale industry is overheated and nearing a financial cliff, raising concerns about abandoned wells. (E&E News, subscription)
• A government agency says U.S. taxpayers could face hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs from abandoned wells on public lands. (Associated Press)

POLICY: House Democrats float several strategies to reduce carbon emissions from industry during a first hearing on how the country could reach net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050. (The Hill)

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PIPELINES:
• Restaurateurs are among the casualties as utilities seeking permission to expand gas pipelines in the Northeast deny hookup requests. (Associated Press)
• A federal judge puts a temporary stop to a South Dakota anti-riot law that was targeted specifically at pipeline protesters. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
• Aging gas pipelines in and around Baltimore are leaking with growing frequency with nearly two dozen discovered daily. (Baltimore Sun)

TRANSPORTATION:
• President Trump is aggressively defending his plan to revoke California’s authority to set tougher auto emissions standards despite opposition from state officials. (New York Times)
• Auto industry experts say the Trump administration’s revocation of California’s authority to set tougher auto mileage standards will likely extend to nine other states that adopted its rules and could adversely impact the market for electric vehicles. (InsideClimate News)
• Some analysts say automakers may not drastically alter their strategies if the Trump administration cancels California’s right to set it own auto emissions standards. (USA Today)

RENEWABLES:
• Solar and wind power are getting so cheap that the need for government renewable energy subsidies is starting to fade. (Bloomberg)
• Florida Democrats file a bill to move Florida toward 100% renewable energy by 2050 and are encouraged by a “shift in tone” from Republicans. (WFSU)

ELECTRIFICATION: A Seattle city councilmember is delaying a vote on his proposal to ban gas-piping systems in newly constructed homes and buildings until December or later in response to objections raised by labor unions and businesses. (Seattle Times)

UTILITIES: Advocates raise concerns that Duke Energy’s announcement to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050 masks the utility’s rush to build natural gas infrastructure. (PV Magazine)

COAL: West Virginia employees of coal operator Blackjewel receive their final paychecks more than two months after the company declared bankruptcy. (Ohio Valley Resource)

BIOFUELS: President Trump will meet with U.S. senators today to discuss biofuels policy as he seeks a compromise between the oil industry and farmers. (Reuters)

GRID: Analysts say proposed changes to grid operator PJM’s capacity market rules will increase costs $8.4 billion annually. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California lawmaker proposes a bill that would offer residents who buy or lease an electric car up to $7,000 from the state if they buy from a company that has agreed to follow state emission standards. (Associated Press)

GREEN NEW DEAL: Detroit is a city that reflects many of the environmental, economic and social challenges the Green New Deal framework is meant to address. (yes! Magazine)

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POLITICS: Dominion Energy has influenced Virginia’s policymaking on both sides of the aisle for decades, but clean energy groups are pushing a campaign to get candidates to refuse the utility’s money. (New Republic)

COMMENTARY:
• An Arizona-based solar analyst expresses disappointment at how complicated the process is to buy rooftop solar for her own home. (Greentech Media)
• The Natural Resources Defense Council highlights progress by Western states in reducing carbon emissions.

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