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) 

ALSO:
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)

SOLAR:
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)

WIND:
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)

REFINERY EXPLOSION:
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)

OIL & GAS:
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)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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