U.S. Energy News

U.S. energy storage deployments will top 1,000 MWh in 2018

STORAGE: More than 1,000 mWh of grid-connected storage was deployed in the U.S. between 2013 and 2017, and researchers expect another 1,000 mWh to be deployed this year. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: The IRS says a 30 percent solar tax credit can be applied to battery systems that are added as retrofits, as long as they only charge from the sun. (Greentech Media)

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WIND: The political tides are turning against the wind industry in Oklahoma as a growing number of lawmakers argue the state can no longer afford to give tax breaks to wind developers. (National Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey lawmakers approve bills setting aggressive targets for electric vehicle adoption. (NJ Spotlight)

• One of the top oil and gas groups in Texas says a 25 percent tariff on steel imports undermines the Trump administration’s energy-dominance agenda. (San Antonio Business Journal)
• The U.S. will satisfy 80 percent of global oil demand growth between now and 2020 as shale oil output surges over the next five years, according to the International Energy Agency. (Bloomberg, Reuters)
• A U.S. senator from Alaska says the first auction for oil and natural gas drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could happen sometime in 2019. (The Hill)
• The Bureau of Land Management postpones an oil and gas lease sale in Montana due to concerns over whether drilling could harm the nearby Yellowstone River. (Associated Press)

• A federal judge grants Mountain Valley Pipeline developers immediate possession of land in Virginia after nearly 300 owners refused the company’s offers to purchase easements. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• The oil and gas pipeline industry is concerned that new steel tariffs will make pipelines too expensive. (CNBC)

• The New Mexico Supreme Court upholds a 2015 decision by state regulators to close part of a coal-fired power plant. (Associated Press)
• New projections from the Energy Information Administration show coal is in a “secular decline,” analysts say. (The Hill)

POLLUTION: The EPA dismisses a civil rights case brought by residents of a small, overwhelmingly African American town in Alabama who say a coal ash landfill has made them sick. (The Guardian)

• A bipartisan group of House lawmakers give speeches urging the federal government to construct a permanent nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A former CEO warned a contractor that South Carolina utilities SCANA and Santee Cooper had serious concerns about cost overruns and design delays six months after the Summer nuclear project began, according to a newly disclosed email. (Post and Courier)

GRID: Regional grid operator PJM says it faces an “unprecedented” transition with coal plant closures while also trying to build out new transmission infrastructure. (RTO Insider)

• ExxonMobil is taking legal action against local governments that sued the company over climate change, and the tactic could discourage other communities from filing similar lawsuits. (McClatchy)
• A Minneapolis suburb moves forward with a climate action plan, thanks in part to the activism of high school students. (Midwest Energy News)

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• A wave of scientists are running for office at every level of government this year, partly thanks to a group that supports candidates who back science-based policies. (Washington Post)
• More than 80 percent of millenials believe in global warming, and almost two-thirds believe humans are to blame, which could sway House elections in 10 swing districts this November, according to two new studies. (E&E News)

• Investing in rooftop solar and electric vehicles is starting to make sense financially in parts of the country, says a staff writer for Politico Magazine.
• The executive director of a Rice University energy initiative argues that eliminating energy sources like coal and nuclear power is short-sighted. (The Hill)
• Large utilities recognize clean energy makes good business sense. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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