U.S. Energy News

Trump power plant rule isn’t affecting coal retirements

COAL: An analysis finds the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule isn’t impacting plans for coal plant retirements. (Wyoming Public Media)

ALSO:
An energy think tank blasts a carbon capture proposal for a New Mexico coal plant, saying the plan has “a lot of flim-flam in it.” (NM Political Report)
• Researchers find coal-dependent communities are inadequately prepared for the industry’s further decline. (ThinkProgress)
• Blackhawk Mining, a coal company with 2,800 employees in West Virginia and Kentucky, files for bankruptcy. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

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OIL & GAS:
• The Trump administration’s leases to oil and gas drillers could result in more annual greenhouse emissions than the entire European Union emits, according to an environmental group’s new report. (The Guardian) 
• A North Dakota conference explores high-tech solutions to oil and gas industry challenges such as flaring and identifying leaks from wells. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES:
• State regulators direct Georgia Power to grow its renewable portfolio by nearly doubling solar capacity to 2,210 MW over five years and increasing energy storage. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Greentech Media)
• Maryland’s highest court rules that state utility regulators, not local governments, have the final say on solar and wind project siting. (Baltimore Sun)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Chattanooga, Tennessee, is among the first cities to install a wireless charging station for its electric bus fleet. (Energy News Network)

WIND: U.S. wind tower manufacturers push for tariffs on imported wind parts, which could raise costs for new projects by up to 10%. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR: Solar advocates hope a planned 100 MW solar project in Iowa will be the spark that jumpstarts the industry in the wind-dominant state. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

NUCLEAR:
• Federal legislation to bolster the commercialization of advanced nuclear technology is seen by some as a backdoor attempt to throw a financial lifeline to struggling plants. (E&E News, subscription)
A small drum of waste at a South Carolina factory that makes nuclear fuel catches fire, but officials reported no damage or injuries. (Associated Press)

OVERSIGHT: The Trump administration says its plan to move Bureau of Land Management leadership to Colorado will save millions of dollars. (Associated Press)

POLICY: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign a landmark climate bill Thursday, when he is also expected to announce the winner of an offshore wind procurement. (Albany Times Union, Crain’s New York)

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GRID: The U.S. Department of Energy seeks information on how to protect the electric grid and fossil fuel production from “windstorms, floods and wildfires” but it doesn’t mention climate change. (E&E News, subscription) 

COMMENTARY:
• Many cities and states will need to lean heavily on energy efficiency to meet ambitious zero-emission goals, an advocates writes. (ACEEE Blog)
• An analysis finds that people of color in Colorado are disproportionately exposed to pollution from vehicle exhaust. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
Environmental advocates say claims made about the need to subsidize two Ohio nuclear plants have been consistently wrong. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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