U.S. Energy News

Trump seeks to limit projections of climate impacts

CLIMATE: The Trump administration is planning further rollbacks of U.S. climate policy, as well as limiting federal projections of impacts to 2040, which one researcher calls “a pretty blatant attempt to politicize the science.” (New York Times)

• A new study says lobbying against climate policy has resulted in $60 billion in social costs in the U.S. (Carbon Brief)
• Advocates are skeptical of the oil industry’s newfound interest in carbon pricing. (Pacific Standard)

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RENEWABLES: A startup company hopes to transform Colorado’s energy supply by financing the early retirement of coal plants and replacing them with lower-cost renewables. (Energy News Network)

It’s unclear whether Ohio Republicans have enough votes to pass a nuclear power plant bailout bill, which also includes subsidies for coal plants, that’s headed to a House floor vote as soon as this week. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
The International Energy Agency warns a steep decline in nuclear power could threaten global climate goals. (Thomson Reuters)
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says he will seek an up or down vote on a plan to permanently store nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain before moving legislation to fund the licensing process. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

WIND: Offshore wind proponents say proposed federal legislation requiring the military to conduct studies of “potential national security concerns” related to wind turbines is “duplicative” and could hold back development. (E&E News)

• Florida Power & Light is growing Florida’s utility-scale solar industry but is less supportive of distributed solar. (Miami Herald)
• New Hampshire lawmakers pass a bill requiring utilities to develop at least two solar projects a year benefiting low-income customers. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• Baltimore officials hope a solar-powered “eco-village” can help attract new homeowners to a neglected neighborhood. (Baltimore Sun)

Ohio breweries tap clean energy to save money, stand out on crowded cooler shelves, and help educate customers. (Energy News Network)
• A Maine brewery hopes to expand its solar array to produce more energy than the facility consumes by 2030. (Times Record)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota oil drillers are falling far short of the state’s goals to limit the burning of excess natural gas at well heads. (Associated Press)

COAL: There was little shock — or doom and gloom — over news about a coal plant’s early retirement in a central Minnesota community. (MPR News)

GEOTHERMAL: A conservative clean energy think tanks estimates that geothermal energy could supply as much as 20 percent of the nation’s electricity, but there are challenges to tapping underground resources currently only being produced in the West. (Grist)

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UTILITIES: A Vermont utility launches a rebate program for electric lawnmowers. (news release)

The evidence of safety of a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository “comes across as a fantastical Rube Goldberg machine,” says the director of a Nevada nuclear waste task force. (Las Vegas Sun)
• A clean energy advocate says renewable energy siting policy in New York “has become a roadblock mired in red tape, bureaucracy and NIMBY politics.” (Albany Times Union)

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