U.S. Energy News

U.S., other nations are failing to meet Paris climate goals

CLIMATE: The world’s nations are falling short of their Paris climate goals, with the U.S. projected to see emissions increase by 1.8 percent this year after three years of declines. (Washington Post)

WIND: Proposed legislation in Ohio would ease the state’s restrictive setback requirements for wind turbines, but a rule change by the Ohio Power Siting Board could make getting variances next to impossible. (Midwest Energy News)

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RENEWABLES:
• Michigan-based Consumers Energy announces plans for a 40 percent renewable energy portfolio and 80 percent carbon emissions reduction by 2040, eliminating its coal usage in that time. (Detroit Free Press)
• Illinois advocates launch an initiative with aggressive energy goals in the coming decades while ensuring clean energy benefits extend to ratepayers across the state. (CBS Chicago)
• Experts say the Trump administration doesn’t have the ability to destroy the renewable energy industry, despite its pro-fossil fuel agenda and damaging solar policies. (New Republic)

SOLAR:
• A district in Nebraska that obtained about 70 percent of its electricity from coal last year could get more than 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 with the help of a community solar project. (Associated Press)
• Hawaii saw a statewide drop in solar permits last year, with Oahu issuing 60 percent fewer permits than it did in 2015. (Greentech Media)
• With smoking on the decline, U.S. tobacco farmers would be better off turning their fields into solar farms, according to a recent study. (Mother Nature Network)

COAL: President Trump insists his administration is reviving the coal industry, but a steady stream of coal plant closures tells a different story. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS: State regulators in New Mexico plan to start plugging hundreds of abandoned oil and gas wells. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: FERC will have to grapple with the policy implications of allowing pipeline developers to seize lands when the fuel they transport will ultimately be exported overseas. (Houston Chronicle)

NUCLEAR:
• Nevada officials approve a $5.1 million contract with an outside legal team as the state prepares to fight a Trump administration proposal to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. (Associated Press)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority is upgrading one of its nuclear plants to increase output and produce 3,954 MW of energy. (New Courier)

POLICY: Members of Congress are skeptical of an Interior Department plan to finance up to $18 billion in “backlogged” infrastructure projects using money raised by drilling on public lands. (The Hill)

UTILITIES: South Carolina officials demand an investigation into emails supporting Dominion Energy’s takeover of SCANA that were sent to lawmakers using constituents’ names and addresses without their knowledge. (Post and Courier)

COMMENTARY:
• The chief marketing and operations officer at eMotorWerks predicts six trends that will shape the electric vehicle industry in 2018. (Greentech Media)
• Rural property owners in Missouri property owners should work together to harness renewable energy rather than blocking transmission lines that are needed to carry wind power, says the editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
• An upcoming must-pass bill is loaded up with riders that would be harmful to the environment, says the New York Times editorial board.
• There are three signs the U.S. coal industry is in trouble and won’t be revived — and it shouldn’t be, says the executive director of Climate Nexus. (New York Times)

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