U.S. Energy News

Trump taps oil & gas lobbyist for Interior job

INTERIOR: President Trump will nominate a veteran oil and gas lobbyist to head the U.S. Interior Department. (Washington Post)

PIPELINES:
Four climate change activists are arrested after attempting to shut off an Enbridge pipeline in northern Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Landowners along the route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia are concerned about the use of eminent domain to take their property. (Reuters)

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OIL & GAS:
• The University of Houston launches a program to encourage scientists to help the oil and gas industry to develop low-carbon strategies. (Houston Chronicle)
• The East Baton Rouge Parish school board rejects Exxon’s request for tax breaks, setting off a fierce debate in Louisiana. (New York Times)
• North Dakota officials issue a water permit for a planned $800 million oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: States look to the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative as a model to cut transportation emissions. (Energy News Network)

WIND: The developer of an 800 MW wind project off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard asks the federal government to halt New England’s annual power-capacity auction until regulators allow it to participate. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
Solar installer was the fastest growing job in eight states over the past two years, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Yahoo Finance)
Former employees paint a gloomy picture of conditions at Tesla’s Gigafactory II plant in Buffalo, where the company’s solar roofs are manufactured. (WIVB)
A new tax policy in Vermont could make it harder to pair farming and solar. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
Tennessee Valley Authority made a deal with the contractor accused of poisoning Kingston coal ash spill cleanup workers that could put ratepayers on the hook for legal damages. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
The fate of South Carolina’s largest coal-fired power plant is uncertain as state leaders decide on the sale of utility Santee Cooper. (Post and Courier)

NUCLEAR:
Pennsylvania lawmakers circulate memos encouraging support for bills designed to help the state’s struggling nuclear plants. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A South Carolina representative calls on Dominion Energy to repay taxpayers $1,000 per household as a partial refund for a failed nuclear station. (WCBD)

BIOFUELS: Biofuels group Growth Energy sues the U.S. EPA over the agency’s use of exemptions to the federal renewable fuel mandate. (Reuters)

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POLITICS:
• Democrats from oil-rich states are being pulled between the drilling industry and their party’s growing call for carbon-free energy. (Houston Chronicle)
• Green New Deal sponsors describe the legislation to colleagues as an “economic mobilization at a scale not seen since World War II.” (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY:
• The authors of an upcoming book on the clean energy transition offer Congress a wishlist for how they can accelerate the transition. (New York Times)
• Small farms could heal the environment and prosper under a Green New Deal, an Iowa anthropologist and clean power advocate write. (McClatchy)

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