U.S. Energy News

Texas heatwave challenges grid with record-breaking demand

GRID: Texas is expected to use record amounts of power again today as a heat wave causes residents to crank up air conditioners. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Texas’ electricity grid has met the challenge so far, producing more power than it ever has last week. (Axios)
• With the energy crisis of the 80’s firmly in the rearview mirror, California tries to transform its grid. (The New York Times)

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COAL ASH: Georgia hopes to become the second state to win federal approval to regulate coal ash disposal, but environmental groups say the process lacks transparency and public input. (Energy News Network)

BIOGAS: North Carolina farmers use hog manure to create renewable natural gas, but critics say the process needs to get cleaner and more affordable. (The Daily Beast)

RENEWABLES:
• Fargo, North Dakota residents ask city officials to work with Xcel Energy on a voluntary renewable energy purchasing program. (The Forum)
• Atlanta works toward an ambitious goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. (Sierra Magazine)
• With two clean energy measures on the November ballot, a poll finds 86 percent of Arizona voters favor renewable energy investments. (Arizona Sun Times)

TRANSMISSION:
A battle is brewing over which company will build the high-voltage power lines needed for New Jersey’s future offshore wind farms. (NJ Spotlight)
• Environmentalists worry that a $2 billion transmission line project will harm migratory birds in New Mexico. (Albuquerque Journal)

FERC: An assistant secretary in the Department of Energy and a former Arizona utility regulator are being considered to fill an upcoming FERC vacancy, industry sources say. (Utility Dive)

POWER PLANTS: An Ohio natural gas plant developer says a coal and nuclear bailout would “shatter Ohio’s competitive energy market, endanger investments in gas-fired plants,” and cost ratepayers billions. (Youngstown Vindicator)

SOLAR:
• A Canadian company is restarting production in a once shuttered northern Minnesota solar panel manufacturing plant. (Energy News Network)
Rhode Island announces new initiatives to encourage solar development on brownfields, rooftops and carports. (ecoRI News)
• The number of Arkansans using solar doubled in 2017, though it’s still fewer than 1,000 customers. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

WIND: Lingering concerns over the impact on birds and bats appears to be the last hurdle for an offshore wind project in Lake Erie. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

PIPELINES: West Virginia regulators cite the Mountain Valley Pipeline for water quality violations for the fifth time since April. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL AND GAS: Marcellus Shale operations in Pennsylvania have a limited impact on air quality and pose few health risks, a state study finds. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

BIOFUELS:
• Plans move forward to build the country’s first waste-to-ethanol plant in Minnesota, though permitting hurdles remain. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Illinois ethanol industry officials say the sector’s outlook is strong despite uncertainty from a growing trade war with China. (Decatur Herald & Review)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Battery-electric buses have noticeable environmental benefits over diesel and natural gas buses, a study finds. (Utility Dive)

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CLIMATE: Shell Oil files a motion to move a climate change lawsuit brought by Rhode Island’s attorney general to federal court. (Providence Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates note that even some coal industry groups say a bailout of uneconomic plants is not needed for reliability. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• Offshore drilling expansion will grow the economy, create jobs and reduce carbon emissions, says the director of the Alaska Policy Forum. (Abilene Reporter News)
• California should continue to lead on climate change by pledging to get all its power from renewables by 2045, an editorial board says. (Los Angeles Times)

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