U.S. Energy News

Trump maintains U.S. isolation on climate

CLIMATE: The United States is the lone dissenter in a G20 agreement to uphold the Paris climate accord, with President Trump making the off-topic and incorrect claim that “we have the cleanest air we’ve ever had.” (Reuters, Washington Post, Associated Press) 

The EPA appears to have omitted Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories from cost/benefit language of its Affordable Clean Energy rule – which the agency calls a “typo” – and it still isn’t clear how the figures were arrived at. (E&E News, subscription)
• One of the 11 Republicans that fled Oregon to derail a landmark climate bill received $21,000 in campaign contributions from Koch Industries, which owns two mills that would have been impacted by the legislation. (The Oregonian)
• Officials from Kentucky, Alabama and other states discuss how they view the Trump administration’s new emissions rule. (E&E News)
• The Republican mayor of a Twin Cities suburb explains how her city cut carbon emissions by 30 percent. (Yale Climate Connections)
• A faith-based organization works with Iowa farmers on strategies to address climate change. (Mother Jones)

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RENEWABLES: An aggressive path to transition the U.S. to 100% renewable energy by 2030 could cost $4.5 trillion, according to a consultancy firm’s study. (Utility Dive)

Los Angeles has struck a deal on the largest and cheapest solar plus storage project in the world, which will provide 7% of the city’s electrical demand. (Forbes)
• The Winnebago tribe in eastern Nebraska plans to refurbish used solar thermal heaters to heat several homes and commercial buildings. (Energy News Network)
• Kentucky’s changes to net metering laws  could limit solar’s growth in the state. (WDRB)
• Graduates of an Illinois solar technician training program enter the workforce and begin installing projects. (WMBD)

Construction on Dominion Energy’s offshore wind farm is expected to begin today. (13 News Now)
• Massachusetts trade unionists are hopeful that construction of Vineyard Wind will provide jobs close to home for several years. (Cape Cod Times)
• Recreational fishermen in New England are hoping for continued improvement in communications between tour operators and offshore wind developers. (Cape Cod Times)

Former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and other agency officials were closely involved with the bailout of a Philadelphia refinery that closed following a June 21 explosion. (E&E News)
A plant operator is credited with quick action to cut off a chemical supply that would have made a June 21 explosion there “catastrophic.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

U.S. oil and gas producers aren’t seeing profits grow as expected with more domestic production, with concerns being driven in part by a shift to electric vehicles. (New York Times)
• A recent change in California’s low carbon-fuel standard is incentivizing a new technology that removes carbon dioxide from the air that’s being financially backed by a major oil company. (Quartz)

COAL: Advocates say Duke Energy Indiana’s near-term plans rely too heavily on coal power and fail to adequately invest in renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

• California air quality regulators voted to require fleet operators to use zero emission shuttles at the state’s largest airports by 2035. (Greentech Media)
• Current and former employers say Tesla is working to develop its own battery cells at a California lab, a move that could help the company offer cheaper and better electric vehicles. (CNBC)

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TECHNOLOGY: A Dutch video game designer and entrepreneur has created an off-the-grid lab in Hawaii devoted to renewable energy research. (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

• A U.S. Army commanding general based in Michigan says political leaders should reach common ground on clean energy, particularly for energy security. (Bridge Magazine)
• The time is ripe for a thorough overhaul of the state commission that regulates utilities in Arizona through a constitutional amendment, says a columnist for the Arizona Republic.

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