U.S. Energy News

Trump’s Clean Power Plan replacement could increase emissions

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The Trump administration’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan could actually cause U.S. carbon emissions to increase. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: The administration’s plan to revise the cost/benefit calculations of the Clean Power Plan will likely open it up to legal challenges. (Politico)

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COAL:
Cleanup funds for coal mines in two states could be at risk if cooperatives continue to leave a Colorado power wholesaler in search of cleaner energy supplies. (Energy News Network)
• Peabody Energy sees an opportunity to expand the market for its coal through a new partnership that converts coal waste into oil products. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Closure of a New Mexico coal plant could have further economic impact on the Navajo Tribe. (Albuquerque Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
An Energy Department policy statement challenges decades-long efforts to conserve oil. (Associated Press)
Wyoming regulators will allow a company to flare as much as 1 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. (Casper Star Tribune)

PIPELINES:
The Keystone XL pipeline developer moves to condemn privately held land in South Dakota for the project. (Rapid City Journal)
The Mountain Valley Pipeline cuts half its workforce and pushes its completion date back to 2019. (Roanoke Times)
After people submitted more than 13,000 comments about federal permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines, Virginia water regulators will meet this week to discuss the projects. (Roanoke Times)

SOLAR:
Analysts say the Trump administration’s solar tariffs are so far having little impact on the pace of installations in the United States. (InsideClimate News)
Solar developers are eyeing farmland in western New York for large-scale solar projects. (The Buffalo News)

GRID:
A federal court rules an Illinois municipal utility’s collection of smart meter data is a reasonable search and that the “government’s interest in smart meters is significant.” (Cook County Record)
Arizona regulators consider a lower rate for customers who install their own energy storage. (Arizona Daily Star)

WIND: The Atlantic coast has the offshore wind potential to provide four times more electricity than the region needs annually, according to a new report. (Press of Atlantic City)

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RENEWABLES: Vermont’s renewable energy use isn’t increasing fast enough to meets the state’s goals, according to a new report. (The Bridge)

COMMENTARY: Coal miners with black lung disease are losing access to healthcare benefits as well as their optimism that the Trump administration will save their jobs, an attorney says. (Lexington Herald Leader)

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