U.S. Energy News

U.S. energy use set a record in 2018

EMISSIONS: U.S. energy use hit a record high in 2018, with 80 percent coming from fossil fuels, according to federal data released this week. (Vox)

COAL: Former U.S. EPA head Scott Pruitt registers as an energy lobbyist in Indiana as fossil fuel companies seek to block the planned closure of coal plants. (Indianapolis Star)

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NUCLEAR: New Jersey regulators approved a rescue plan to subsidize the state’s three nuclear reactors at a cost of $300 million for each of the next three years. (NJ.com)

NATURAL GAS:
• FERC approves plans for liquefied natural gas export terminals in Texas and Louisiana as protesters scale the walls of its headquarters demanding a “Federal Renewable Energy Commission.” (Reuters, Utility Dive)
A state senator says he will introduce legislation to block the sale of natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to neighboring states that have opposed pipeline construction; the plan would likely violate the Constitution’s commerce clause. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court considers whether to let construction proceed on the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
Duke Energy’s plans to build a natural gas plant in western North Carolina that would accommodate high energy demands in the area are put on hold until at least 2032. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
San Francisco’s mayor wants to leverage PG&E’s bankruptcy to take over the utility’s assets to serve the city’s power needs. (Bloomberg)
• A utility that serves customers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho announces it will move to 100% clean energy by 2045, which would align with a similar requirement pending in the Washington legislature. (Lewiston Morning Tribune)

TRANSMISSION:
The Missouri House passes legislation to prohibit the use of eminent domain for the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project, which developers say would halt the plan. (Associated Press)
Nebraska lawmakers advance a bill that could make it harder to install wind energy transmission lines on private property if landowners object. (Associated Press)

WIND:
• An Ohio cement plant signs a long-term agreement for wind energy as the company and others seek to reduce carbon emissions for an energy-intensive sector. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A proposed law in Massachusetts could make electric vehicles more affordable by offering state rebates at the point of sale rather than customers filing an application for later reimbursement. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

TECHNOLOGY: A Phoenix-based company unveils its hydrogen fuel-powered big rigs, which some say could revolutionize the transportation industry. (Arizona Republic)

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POLITICS: The Mueller report shows that Russia exploited political narratives about coal mining jobs to support the Trump campaign. (Grist)

COMMENTARY: David Roberts explains why he thinks a Washington bill seeking to take the state to 100% carbon free electricity by 2045 is the best piece of new clean energy legislation to emerge in recent years. (Vox)

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