U.S. Energy News

U.S. cities test electric buses, but barriers slow rollout

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A mix of technological, financial and institutional challenges is preventing U.S. cities from transitioning faster to electric bus fleets. (CityLab)

ALSO:
• The Koch brothers are working to slow the country’s transition to electric cars through front groups and campaign cash, advocates say. (Sierra)
Oregon lawmakers, prior to a walkout by Republicans over a climate bill, passed legislation to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles. (Utility Dive)

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WIND:
A bill to limit certain constitutional challenges in Ohio was conceived in response to a court case over how the state adopted its wind turbine setback rules, emails show. (Energy News Network)
• A cautious approach to offshore wind by the federal government could slow some states’ efforts to ramp up the industry. (E&E News)
Fishermen say Vineyard Wind’s relocation of three turbines off the Massachusetts coast does little to protect fishing grounds that they say are endangered by offshore wind development. (Southcoasttoday)

SOLAR:
• Dominion Energy says it wants to expand solar in Virginia, requesting proposals for two small-scale projects. (WSET)
• The Indianapolis Colts are the latest professional football team to use solar power at its practice facilities. (Inside Indiana Business)

EFFICIENCY: A new Maine law seeks to double the number of annual installations of heat pumps to 10,000 per year. (Greentech Media) 

COAL:
• U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin criticizes Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for blocking an amendment to secure healthcare and pensions for coal miners. (WV Metro News)
• A Kansas utility costs its customers $20 million a year by unnecessarily running its coal plants year-round, according to an analysis. (Associated Press)
• The surface mining industry’s compliance rate with federal rules drops, with only 57% of Kentucky permits free of violations in the latest evaluation. (Lexington Herald Leader)

PIPELINES:
Michigan’s attorney general files a lawsuit to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, claiming it violates the public trust doctrine and environmental laws. (Bridge Magazine)
A challenge to an air quality permit for a compressor station in Massachusetts has been rejected after additional hearings were held. (WGBH)

OIL & GAS:
• Environmentalists say methane emissions rules for the oil and gas industry enacted under former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper have done little to reduce the state’s overall greenhouse gas load. (Westword)
• Federal officials say the Philadelphia oil refinery that exploded and burned a week ago is still unsafe for an on-site inspection. (Associated Press) 

UTILITIES:
• Michigan utility DTE Energy faces pushback over its long-term energy plan, which critics say isn’t as ambitious on renewable energy as a recently approved plan by Consumers Energy. (Energy News Network)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority will use solar and natural gas to replace its aging coal fleet, according to its 20-year power plan. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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POLICY:
Some Vermont clean energy advocates say a lack of urgency was shown in the recently concluded state legislative session. (Energy News Network)
Milwaukee officials announce a climate plan that also addresses economic inequality with green infrastructure jobs. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
The Trump administration’s “do-nothing” replacement of the Clean Power Plan is an outrage, say three architects of the Obama policy. (Newsweek)
The rise of solar and wind power will require utilities and electric grid operators to change the way they make decisions, David Roberts writes. (Vox)

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