U.S. Energy News

Trump campaign planning to tout ‘climate change victories’

POLITICS: The Trump campaign is reportedly trying to collect a list of “climate change victories” to tout for the 2020 election, despite the administration’s efforts to roll back environmental regulations. (McClatchy)

• At a congressional hearing, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee criticizes the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. (The Hill)
• A Colorado brewery will stop selling a beer named after former Gov. John Hickenlooper after an anti-fracking group threatened a boycott, citing the presidential candidate’s relationship with the oil and gas industry. (Boulder Daily Camera)

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A federal judge rules that former SCANA executives concealed the status of their doomed nuclear power plant in South Carolina, which allows a civil fraud lawsuit to go to a jury trial. (Greenville News)
Exelon’s lobbying expenditures in Pennsylvania soared last year to nearly $1.8 million following its threat to close the Three Mile Island plant. (York Dispatch)

As Maine’s anti-wind policies are reversed, it remains unclear how long the “chilling effect” on development will last. (Energy News Network)
Missouri regulators’ recent approval of the Grain Belt Express transmission project puts Kansas in a position to boost its wind production. (Energy News Network)

• Navajo Nation leaders sign a proclamation to pursue more clean energy, as the tribe transitions away from depending on coal. (Farmington Daily News, Indian Country Today)
• A bill proposing to double Nevada’s renewable energy standard by 2030 has earned much more support than it did two years ago when it faced stiff opposition from the state’s powerful casino industry. (The Nevada Independent)

• Massachusetts U.S. Reps. Seth Moulton and Lori Trahan told a congressional hearing that federal oversight of pipeline safety must improve in the wake of last year’s gas explosion. (Boston Herald)

• Duke Energy says the cleanup of its coal ash facilities ordered by regulators this week will cost billions of dollars. (E&E News, subscription)

EMISSIONS: The outgoing Tennessee Valley Authority CEO says after closing coal plants the utility expects to get more than 60% of its energy from non-carbon-emitting sources by 2020, up from 50% in 2018. (Reuters)

California’s largest utility is reportedly close to naming the outgoing head of the Tennessee Valley Authority as its new CEO and overhauling its board of directors. (Bloomberg)
An Illinois utility unveils a pilot project testing a “transactive energy marketplace” allowing distributed energy resources to communicate and make decisions autonomously. (Greentech Media)

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STORAGE: Researchers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula explore whether abandoned industrial mines could be used for pumped hydro energy storage. (Bridge Magazine)

A researcher explains why rail is the most climate-friendly form of transportation. (The Conversation)
• A growing number of state regulators make utilities account for the cost of climate effects caused by pollution they create, researchers say. (The Conversation)

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