U.S. Energy News

U.S. energy use for transportation keeps growing

TRANSPORTATION: Energy consumption for transportation continues to increase in the U.S. relative to most other countries, according to a recent report by the International Energy Agency. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
Over the last three years, 14 states have enacted annual fees for electric vehicles to make up for lost gasoline tax revenue. (Governing Magazine)
• A trend appears to be gaining ground in which pickup truck owners purposefully block electric vehicle charging stations. (E&E News, subscription)

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RENEWABLES:
• Multiple Midwest utilities’ renewable energy pledges in 2018 make the region a leader in the clean energy transition. (InsideClimate News)
• A university study says Texas could phase out coal by better coordinating wind and solar energy production across the state. (Houston Chronicle)
• Energy efficiency investments have allowed a southeastern Michigan congregation of Dominican Sisters to invest in renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Ørsted and two other companies submit bids to build New Jersey’s first offshore wind farm 15 miles off Atlantic City. (Associated Press, news release)

SOLAR: Analysts predict 2019 will be another strong year for an Arizona company that makes thin-film solar panels. (Forbes)

BIOMASS: Wood pellet critics say Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order on climate change gives them new leverage to push back against the industry in North Carolina. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: A Washington-based nuclear venture chaired by Bill Gates has abandoned plans to build an experimental reactor in China as a result of new U.S. rules. (Reuters)

COAL: About 5 percent of the U.S. coal fleet was shut down in 2018, making it the second-highest year ever for coal plant retirements. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• How an undercover oil industry mercenary tricked Dakota Access pipeline opponents into believing he was one of them. (The Intercept)
• As legal challenges pile up, Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction falls behind. (Washington Post)
• The U.S. Forest Service’s approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline shows how the agency is becoming more friendly to the fossil fuel industry. (Outside Magazine)

OIL & GAS:
• Democrats’ gains in several oil-producing states means the industry could face everything from taxes to pipeline regulations. (E&E News)
• Drillers in Texas’ Permian Basin have so much extra gas they’re paying people to take it or giving it away for free. (Wall Street Journal)
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs a law to increase engineering oversight of natural gas work in the state. (The Republican)

REGULATION: A new report shows that the EPA office that serves several Western states opened 53 percent fewer enforcement cases against polluters in 2018 than in 2017. (High Country News)

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CLIMATE: Environmentalists want New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to act on his climate change rhetoric, saying “we urgently need bold climate goals to be written into the law.” (Associated Press, Grist)

COMMENTARY: For a Green New Deal to work, the U.S. must end subsidies to fossil fuel industries, says an economist from Colorado State University. (Nature)

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