U.S. Energy News

Trump worries other states will follow California’s lead on emissions

EMISSIONS: President Trump is reportedly “enraged” by California’s deal with automakers to preserve emissions standards, and is working to prevent other states from following suit. (New York Times)

PIPELINES:
• Leaked recordings reveal an oil lobbyist touting the industry’s success in getting states to criminalize pipeline protesters. (The Intercept)
• A 75-year-old activist from Union Hill, Virginia, vows to keep fighting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which plans to build a compressor station in her historically black community. (Energy News Network)

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OIL & GAS:
The Justice Department opposes the hiring of a law firm as bankruptcy counsel for a damaged and closed Philadelphia oil refinery because the firm also represents its largest shareholders and creditors. (Bloomberg)
• Wyoming’s congressional delegation pushes federal officials to “work fervently” to avoid delays in permitting on public land. (Oil City News)
• A whistleblower in North Dakota says a 2015 pipeline leak of natural gas liquids is far bigger than the state officially reports. (DeSmog Blog)

COAL: A federal bankruptcy judge approves the sale of Cloud Peak’s Wyoming and Montana coal mines to a Navajo company. (Gillette News Record)

RENEWABLES: Grid operators say integrating intermittent resources like solar and wind will require more sophisticated weather forecasting tools. (Utility Dive)

WIND: An attorney for a wildlife conservation group says the type of environmental review sought for a Massachusetts offshore wind project has not been required for oil and gas leases on federal land. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR: Tesla’s solar rental program includes a $1,500 fee if customers request early removal of equipment. (Bloomberg)

EFFICIENCY: Smart devices can help consumers be much more aware of—and help them in reducing or changing—their energy use. (Scientific American)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Automakers take different routes in preparing for the next generation of vehicles, with some betting on fully electric vehicles and others focusing on hybrids. (Detroit News)
• California regulators have approved a utility’s plan to install thousands of charging stations for electric buses and similar vehicles, as well as a pilot project to use some of the vehicles to help manage the grid. (PV Magazine)
• Tesla’s Model 3 was the third most popular new car in California for the first half of 2019, just behind the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry. (Inside EVs)

UTILITIES: Long-term integrated resource plans offer U.S. utilities’ predictions of the future, which include increasing competition between renewables and natural gas and decreasing costs for battery storage. (E&E News, subscription)

GRID: Major utilities in the Upper Midwest will study whether the $2 billion CapX2020 transmission project was big enough to meet the region’s growing renewable energy supply. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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POLITICS:
• Julián Castro and Tom Steyer join three other 2020 presidential candidates pledging to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline. (The Hill)
• Sen. Bernie Sanders sends pizzas to Kentucky coal miners protesting unpaid wages by blocking a train carrying more than $1 million worth of coal. (The Hill)
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney acknowledges climate change is caused by humans, but dismisses the Green New Deal as “silliness” and suggests a carbon tax instead. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
President Trump’s Affordable Clean Energy plan is likely to increase carbon emissions and local air pollutants, David Roberts explains. (Vox)
The oil industry is scared, which is why it’s resorted to a new tactic of pushing bills that make pipeline protests a severe crime, a reporter writes. (Earther)

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