U.S. Energy News

Trump administration approves tar sand pipeline from Canada to U.S.

PIPELINES: The State Department approves the expansion of an international pipeline that would transport oil sands petroleum from Canada to the United States for refining. (The Hill)

ALSO:
• Despite federal approval, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project still needs state permits and it is likely to face legal challenges from environmental advocates. (Progressive Pulse)
• More than two dozen people are arrested in Pennsylvania for protesting a $3 billion natural gas pipeline. (Associated Press)
• A public land preservation organization in Virginia approves easements to allow two natural gas pipelines to be built in mountainous areas of the state. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS:
• The country’s shale gas boom is creating a surge of exports that will remake the global gas market for decades to come. (New York Times)
• Colorado regulators propose new rules for oil and gas pipelines in the wake of a fatal home explosion. (Denver Post)
• Baltimore City Council members introduce a proposal to ban new crude oil terminals to limit the amount of oil trains traveling through the city. (Baltimore Sun)

POLITICS: By supporting the declining coal industry, President Trump wins praise from both blue-collar miners and right-wing business executives who hate environmental regulations. (Politico)

CLIMATE:
• A district court judge in Minnesota allows climate activists to use the “necessity” of confronting the climate crisis as justification for temporarily shutting down two crude oil pipelines last year, which one expert calls “extremely unusual.” (InsideClimate News)
• Proposed new science standards for New Mexico public schools would eliminate mentions of climate change. (Associated Press)

POLICY: A Department of Energy plan to boost coal and nuclear power may not create a more stable electricity system, but would “arbitrarily value nuclear and coal power above their market rates,” says a conservative think tank. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
• A new generation of utility-led community solar projects is emerging. (Utility Dive)
• A 300-megawatt solar project in California shows how renewable energy can compete with natural gas on grid services and cost. (Utility Dive)
• Researchers show the possible impacts of solar tariffs stemming from the Suniva-SolarWorld trade case in 12 charts. (Greentech Media)
• Policymakers can help turn around Hawaii’s tanking solar industry by using a “smart export” program, which would compensate customers for sending electricity back to the grid during peak demand times. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
• The century-old Jones Act could hurt the offshore wind market by preventing foreign ships from working on wind farm construction. (Greentech Media)
• Wind capacity could exceed coal capacity in Texas next year due to upcoming coal plant retirements. (Utility Dive)
• A glimpse into the life of turbine maintenance workers in Oklahoma. (Associated Press/Enid News & Eagle)

COMMENTARY:
• The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is working on a platform to help speed up solar development, lower transaction costs and serve more markets, says the group’s senior director of project finance and capital markets. (Greentech Media)
• Congress and the Trump administration should use recent hurricane damage as an opportunity to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electric grid as quickly as possible, spurring both government investment and public-private partnerships, says a former U.S. Representative from Texas. (RealClearEnergy)
• The New York Times gives five reasons why Trump’s plans to save the coal industry “make no economic sense.”

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