U.S. Energy News

‘Tidal wave’ of utility shutoffs expected as moratoriums expire

HURRICANE LAURA: Oil facilities and nuclear plants prepare for the impact of Hurricane Laura on the Gulf Coast, which as of last night was close to becoming a Category 5 storm. (Texas Tribune, S&P Global)

UTILITIES:
A new report finds 8 of the 10 largest utilities in the U.S. plan to resume shutoffs for nonpayment, and in some states as many as a third of households are behind on payments. (CNBC)
Xcel Energy proposes reduced electric rates for up to 10 years for new and expanding Colorado businesses. (Denver Post)

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CLIMATE:
Once considered a radical idea, federal and state policymakers are increasingly planning to use public funds to relocate flood-prone communities. (New York Times)
Pennsylvania Republicans holding hearings to oppose the state’s joining a regional emissions cap-and-trade agreement rely on a climate-science denier funded by the fossil fuel industry. (DeSmog)

POLICY: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s energy plan would likely take a proposal for a state-run capacity market off the table, potentially ending a dispute between clean energy advocates and renewable energy companies. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: An agreement would offload more Great Plains wind power from the Grain Belt Express transmission line into Missouri, where renewable energy demand is growing. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY: A California project is helping to transition disadvantaged communities from wood and propane to cleaner energy sources. (Fresno Bee)

STORAGE: Duke Energy installs the largest battery storage system in North Carolina, a 9 MW system next to a substation near Asheville. (Power Engineering)

NATURAL GAS: After NASA discovered last week that a Los Angeles natural gas plant has been leaking 10,000 cubic feet of methane per hour, a city official says it will take several months to address the problem. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asks a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling that scrapped an environmental permit for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Reuters)
• Federal regulators grant a three-year extension to the developers of a pipeline in Maryland that goes under the Potomac River as they battle in court over state permits. (Herald-Mail)

NUCLEAR:
• Attorney General Dave Yost is preparing a lawsuit to stop ratepayer surcharges for two nuclear plants at the center of a $61 million corruption scandal if state legislators don’t repeal the law. (Toledo Blade)
• Another Utah city votes to withdraw from participating in a next-generation nuclear power plant, citing uncertainty about rising costs. (Daily Herald)

COAL: Federal regulators allege in a discrimination complaint that a Harlan County coal company wrongly fired a miner for raising a safety concern. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: More delivery companies are working to electrify their fleets, which could have a substantial impact on emissions. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• “It’s not coming, it’s here”: Bill McKibben says we can’t afford to waste another presidential term failing to act on climate change. (New Yorker)
An energy markets advisor says unforeseen opportunities for energy investors will be created in states’ pursuit of 100% clean energy. (Forbes)

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