U.S. Energy News

Trump budget would slash clean energy programs

FEDERAL: President Trump’s proposed 2020 budget would cut clean energy programs again and eliminate the ARPA-E research program. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler claims that U.S. fossil fuels are “cleaner” than those from other countries. (Houston Chronicle)
• EPA employees destroyed records related to the agency’s budget that were being audited, according to a memo by the agency’s inspector general. (Quartz)

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OVERSIGHT: Wisconsin clean energy advocates hope the state’s Public Service Commission will be more proactive on clean energy issues under new leadership. (Energy News Network)

WIND: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper proposes a one-year, $300,000 study to analyze the state’s potential for offshore wind. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES:
• The increasing amount of solar and wind in Texas without enough battery storage is stressing the grid. (Texas Standard)
• San Bernardino County’s decision to ban industrial-scale clean energy projects illustrates some of the challenges California might face as it tries to meet its ambitious climate goals. (Los Angeles Times)

TRANSMISSION:
Advocates say Maine residents will benefit from $80 million in local clean energy development as part of a deal to approve the Clean Energy Connect transmission line. (Energy News Network)
• A Texas bill would make it easier for homeowners to recover damages if transmission towers decrease property values. (Houston Chronicle)
Developers announce plans for a 349-mile underground transmission line to move wind energy from rural Iowa to Chicago and other cities. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

NUCLEAR: The sponsor of a Pennsylvania nuclear bill says if the plants aren’t saved, “we might as well forget about all the time and money we’ve invested in wind and solar”; critics, including environmental groups and the natural gas industry, criticize the proposal. (WHYY, StateImpact Pennsylvania)

PIPELINES:
A climate advocacy group is developing a study that it says will show a proposed $1 billion natural gas pipeline to New York isn’t needed. (The Guardian)
• Critics say an Indiana bill meant to protect critical infrastructure like pipelines is an attempt to chill free speech and activism against fossil fuels. (Indianapolis Star)

OIL & GAS:  
• West Virginia lawmakers pass several bills to increase natural gas output, including one that lets utilities offer incentives for gas drilling. (S&P Global)
• The U.S. will dominate the global oil and gas market as the “second wave” of shale growth takes hold, according to the International Energy Agency. (Houston Chronicle)
An open records request shows that Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo squelched a state health department letter that raised concerns about an liquified natural gas plant that was later approved by federal regulators. (Desmogblog)

UTILITIES:
• California’s governor suggests he might overhaul the state agency that regulates utilities. (CNBC, Wall Street Journal)
• San Francisco is poised to create its own full-service municipal utility, which local elected officials plan to use to make a bigger push for clean energy. (Bloomberg)

POLLUTION: A new study shows African Americans and Hispanics are disproportionately exposed to air pollution compared to whites based on consumption. (Reuters)

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CLIMATE: A Hawaii news website tries to offset its carbon emissions by planting native trees on Oahu. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

COMMENTARY:
• Energy companies are ill-prepared for underwater mudslides that occur as a result of offshore drilling, a scientist writes. (The Conversation)
An editorial board says offshore wind companies need to do a better job including local communities in their decision-making. (Newsday)

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