U.S. Energy News

U.S. renewable generation edges past nuclear power

NUCLEAR: The U.S. got more electricity from renewables than nuclear during the first five months of 2018, according to a new analysis. (Greentech Media)

MORE: Southern Company says completing the Vogtle nuclear project, already years late and billions over budget, will cost another $1.1 billion. (WABE)

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COAL:
Trump administration officials pressured authors of a report on last January’s “bomb cyclone” cold snap to stress the value of coal-fired power plants, according to emails obtained by the Sierra Club. (Bloomberg)
Coal companies’ arguments to reduce payments that help miners with black lung disease are contradicted by government findings, records show. (Reuters)

OIL AND GAS:
A train derailment in St. Paul, Minnesota, causes roughly 3,200 gallons of diesel fuel to spill into the Mississippi River. (Pioneer Press)
Oil companies try to adapt to President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. (San Antonio Business Journal)

PIPELINES: Federal officials say it will take about three more weeks to finish an environmental study on the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

REGULATION: Stakeholders ask FERC to reconsider a June order demanding that grid operator PJM remake its capacity market, calling it an unprecedented interference into state energy policies. (Greentech Media)

GRID: California could retire 28 natural gas plants without impacting electric reliability, according to a Union of Concerned Scientists report. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• A dramatic drop in solar panel costs has turned solar into a relative bargain for developers. (Houston Chronicle)
Sources say assembly-line problems and other difficulties have delayed production of solar roof tiles at Tesla’s factory in Buffalo, New York. (Reuters)

WIND:
• Wind energy production tax revenue in Minnesota increased fivefold over the past decade and is a key source of income for some counties. (Energy News Network)
A Danish wind energy company agrees to purchase a Chicago-based clean energy firm valued at $580 million. (CNBC)

GEOTHERMAL: A supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park has enough geothermal energy to power most of the country, but experts doubt it will ever be tapped. (National Geographic)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Chicago’s new fleet of electric buses could someday serve as a battery on the electric grid. (Energy News Network)

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COMMENTARY: Bill McKibben says California lawmakers should pass legislation requiring the state to get all of its electricity from renewables by 2045. (New York Times)

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