U.S. Energy News

Trump expected to sign order expediting pipeline projects

PIPELINES: President Trump is expected to sign an executive order to expedite pipeline development, according to sources. (Axios)

ALSO:
• The ACLU challenges a South Dakota law allowing officials to seek money from pipeline demonstrators who encourage violence. (Associated Press)
Michigan halts permitting for Enbridge’s Line 5 tunnel following an attorney general opinion that a related law is unconstitutional. (Bridge Magazine)

***SPONSORED LINK: The “coal cost crossover” — fast-falling wind and solar prices mean that by 2025, 86% of the U.S. coal fleet will be more expensive to operate than building new renewables within 35 miles of each plant. Get new Energy Innovation research here.***

EMISSIONS:
• Colorado Gov. Jared Polis pushes to require regulators to consider the social cost of carbon in future planning decisions. (Energy News Network)
• A small California city moves to automatically enroll all of its residents and businesses in a carbon-free electricity plan. (Yale Climate Connections)

WIND:
• The Southeast has been left out of America’s wind power boom because of both less wind resources and fewer policy incentives. (Vox)
Massachusetts officials and the state’s electric utilities move to procure up to 800 MW of additional offshore wind power. (State House News Service)

SOLAR:
• The race is on to build the world’s largest solar-plus-storage plant, with ambitious projects in Texas and Florida among the contenders. (Bloomberg)
• Tesla’s solar roof has so-far fallen short of promises, with only a few installed and questions about the product’s priority within the company. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES:
• Imported natural gas could stand in the way of Puerto Rico’s plans to transition to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2050. (InsideClimate News)
• Georgetown, Texas leaders deal with the fallout from rising costs after a plan to power the city with renewable energy. (U.S. News & World Report)

COAL:
• Coal plants continue to close in the Midwest despite the Trump administration’s promise to revive the industry. (Washington Post)
A British billionaire who has donated to environmental causes is contributing $1 million to a carbon-capture research facility in Wyoming. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
• Americans remain split on nuclear power, with 49 percent in favor and 49 percent opposed to its use, according to a new poll. (Gallup)
Radioactive contamination from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan has been found near a remote island off the coast of Alaska. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS:
• A Texas billionaire is arguing before federal regulators California’s energy policies discriminate against fossil fuel producers. (New York Times)
• U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham files a bill to permanently ban offshore drilling and seismic testing off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. (Post and Courier)

EFFICIENCY: A New Jersey utility helps hospitals install energy-saving upgrades with an interest-free, on-bill repayment program. (Greentech Media)

***SPONSORED LINK: Interested in pollinator-friendly solar development? Join us April 1 at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, Connecticut, for Agrivoltaics: Harvesting Multiple Benefits from Solar Sites. Explore how projects are unfolding across the country, who’s driving them, as well as what the co-benefits look—and taste—like.***

POLITICS:
Sen. Kevin Cramer sees the Green New Deal as a “grand bargaining opportunity” for Republicans and Democrats on energy policy. (E&E News, subscription)
• “You’re just another corrupt official.” A senior Democrat rebukes President Trump’s nominee to lead the Interior Department. (The New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• The only way Democrats can hope to pass climate legislation is by radically shaking up the status quo balance of powers, David Roberts writes. (Vox)
• After his border wall emergency, taxpayers should be concerned that President Trump will use emergency powers to bail out coal and nuclear plants, writes the head of a taxpayer advocacy group. (RealClear Energy)

Comments are closed.