U.S. Energy News

U.S. coal plant closures expected to accelerate

COAL: Competition from cheap natural gas and renewables threatens to close half of the remaining U.S. coal fleet by 2030, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
New England’s largest remaining coal-fired power plant — a 440 MW facility in New Hampshire — faces an uncertain fate due to its age and competition from cheap natural gas. (Energy News Network)
Documents show how a St. Louis coal company wrote the game plan the federal government used to keep the largest coal plant in the West from closing. (E&E News)

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PIPELINES:
A federal judge orders an environmental review of the revised Keystone XL pipeline route, potentially delaying the project. (Reuters)
Dominion Energy pushes federal regulators to allow work to continue on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline while environmentalists urge them to cease all construction. (Roanoke Times)
The head of Jefferson National Forest is temporarily reassigned in the midst of controversy over plans to run a natural gas pipeline through the forest. (Daily Progress)

OIL & GAS:
Water use for hydraulic fracturing increased nearly 800 percent between 2011 and 2016, raising concerns about its sustainability. (InsideClimate News)
An offshore drilling lease sale for the Gulf of Mexico generated $178 million in high bids but prices remain near historic lows. (Daily Comet)
As oil field workload increases in West Texas, so have the number of accidents injuring or killing workers. (KWES)

BIOFUELS:
• Iowa Congressman Steve King says the EPA should allow higher volumes of ethanol blending instead of a $12 billion aid package for farmers. (Radio Iowa)
• Ethanol advocates fear demand is declining as small oil refiners are exempt from federal blending requirements. (Houston Chronicle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Missouri appeals court overturns regulators and says utilities should be allowed to include electric vehicle charging stations in their rate bases. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: As solar prices become competitive with fossil fuels, member-owned electric cooperatives in Virginia begin to embrace renewables. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy submits regulatory paperwork to begin the process of deactivating three nuclear power plants. (Power Engineering)

GRID: Regional grid operator PJM asks federal regulators to delay its 2019 capacity auction as new rules are considered. (Utility Dive)

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BUILDINGS: Major New York City landlords pledge to reduce energy use in their largest buildings 20 percent by 2030. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY:
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry contradicts his boss when he tells the truth about energy subsidies, writes David Roberts. (Vox)
• We should turn down the AC, but also not deny its benefits to people who are less fortunate, a columnist writes. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
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