U.S. Energy News

Trump’s pipeline push backfires as legal challenges mount

PIPELINES: The Trump administration’s efforts to fast-track oil and gas pipeline projects have backfired in at least three major cases. (Reuters) 

Pre-construction work on the Keystone XL pipeline expected to start this month is now on hold; a federal hearing today will consider a challenge by two indgenous environmental groups. (Rapid City Journal, S&P Global Platts)
Montana’s attorney general seeks to intervene in a lawsuit aiming to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project “will bring jobs and economic development to Montana.” (Missoula Current)

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• A Democrat on the U.S. House energy committee says “odds are good” that bills to extend wind and solar tax credits can pass this session. (Greentech Media)
Community choice aggregation for renewable energy led by municipal governments is gaining popularity outside California. (Utility Dive)

• A Texas oil company opens its first solar farm to directly power its oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin. (Houston Chronicle)
• Annual operations and maintenance costs for solar projects are expected to double in five years, according to a research firm’s report. (Houston Chronicle)

Colorado environmental groups file a federal lawsuit opposing a Bureau of Land Management plan for oil and gas leasing, saying it did not fully consider climate. (E&E News, subscription)
• Wide variations in how oil companies report carbon emissions makes it difficult for investors to assess their risk, senior fund managers say. (Reuters)
Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing has some investors worried about what a Warren presidency would mean for energy stocks. (Bloomberg)

EFFICIENCY: Green roofs that replace shingles and black asphalt with plants are growing in popularity and can reduce building energy use. (New York Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A team of reporters is driving across the country in electric cars to better understand what it’s like to keep them charged and how the vehicles are going to affect the nation’s economy. (NPR)

COAL: A federal court ruling gives coal companies a temporary reprieve from complying with Obama-era reforms to royalty calculations to the federal government. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: Anti-nuclear activists begin a tour of New England to raise awareness of centralized nuclear waste storage facilities in the Southwest that they say endanger Native American communities. (Associated Press)

HYDROPOWER: A recently formed hydropower company seeks federal approval to dam the Little Colorado River in northeastern Arizona, renewing Hopi and Navajo Nation concerns about protecting sacred tribal sites, endangered fish, and serenity. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIFICATION: As some Northern California cities ban natural gas in new homes, a debate looms over the affordability of all-electric homes. (Pasadena Star-News)

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UTILITIES: Power shutoffs in California are underway this morning as PG&E began cutting power to about 800,000 customers in a bid to avert wildfire risk; Southern California Edison is also considering extended “public safety power shutoffs.” (Los Angeles Times, CNN)

• The transportation sector offers the greatest potential to slash greenhouse gas emissions through electrification, an efficiency advocate writes. (ACEEE)
Citing the 30% drop in coal production in Wyoming, a columnist says President Trump’s pledge to save US coal is failing and coal country is in crisis as a result. (CNBC)

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