U.S. Energy News

Trump administration argues fuel economy standards cost lives

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration argues, despite contrary evidence, that tougher fuel standards will cost lives because heavier vehicles are safer to drive. (Washington Post)

MORE: Ronald Reagan fought for California’s right to regulate vehicle emission standards, authority that now faces its most serious challenge yet. (Washington Post)

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GRID:
• Californians heeded warnings from the state’s grid operator and saved 990 MW of energy during the recent heat wave. (Greentech Media)
• Higher penetrations of solar in Arizona and California are changing the way utilities manage demand during extreme heat events. (Bloomberg)
• A study shows how better connecting regional electric grids could expand access to low-cost renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

POLICY:
Massachusetts lawmakers vote in favor of a reworked energy bill, but critics say it doesn’t do enough to support solar. (The Republican, Greenfield Recorder)
• States ask federal regulators to revisit an order they say improperly intervenes in state energy policies like renewable mandates and nuclear subsidies. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Exelon sells the country’s oldest nuclear power plant in southern New Jersey, which could result in the 50-year-old facility being decommissioned in the next eight years. (Asbury Park Press)

COAL ASH: Kentucky power plants will have more time to clean up coal ash pollution under new federal rules. (WFPL)

WIND: Experts will begin exploring the ocean floor off Mayland’s coast to see if it’s suitable for an offshore wind farm. (Baltimore Sun)

SOLAR:
Significant changes to net metering were among the country’s top solar policy developments in a new quarterly analysis. (PV Magazine)
New York issues a pair of white papers that recommend enhancing payments for solar and other community distributed generation. (Utility Dive)
• A University of Wisconsin professor is biking 1,200 miles to raise money for a solar energy project in Puerto Rico. (LaSalle News Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• Federal officials order TransCanada to inspect part of the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota for potential coating problems. (Associated Press)
• A woman blocking Mountain Valley Pipeline developers in West Virginia by sitting in her 1971 Ford Pinto is arrested. (Virginia First)

CLIMATE: Rhode Island uses a new approach to get fossil fuel companies to pay for climate change: it’s suing specifically for infrastructure damages. (Governing)

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POLITICS:
• Renewable energy gains support among Republican voters in North Carolina despite opposition from some within the party. (Energy News Network)
• The acting chief of the EPA has come under scrutiny for his previous work as a powerful energy lobbyist. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: David Roberts examines the arguments for and against regionalizing California’s grid. (Vox)

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