U.S. Energy News

U.S. seeks to edge out China on electric vehicle supply chain

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Federal officials, automakers and lithium miners are preparing a national electric vehicle supply chain strategy, according to sources. (Reuters)

ALSO:
Increasing demand for copper used in electric vehicle batteries is driving a mining resurgence in Nevada. (High Country News)
While Connecticut has lofty goals for electric vehicle adoption, actually finding one to purchase in the state can be a challenge. (Energy News Network)
Construction begins on a large laboratory in Rockford, Illinois, to test electric aircraft systems. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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TRANSPORTATION:
California files a lawsuit seeking to force the Trump administration to release documents to justify its decision to roll back vehicle emissions standards. (Reuters)
• The U.S. auto industry would rather the Trump administration didn’t fight California over fuel economy rules. (Vox)

PIPELINES:
Internal government documents show Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf may have pressured environmental officials to hasten review of the Mariner East 2 natural pipeline, which is under criminal investigation for pollution and property damage. (The Guardian)
• The pipeline boom has provided jobs for some young people in Appalachia, but many worry it won’t last. (PBS Newshour)
Opponents ask a federal court to reject President Trump’s attempt to revive the Keystone XL pipeline with a presidential permit. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• Oil companies invest in carbon capture as they face a barrage of lawsuits, investor resolutions and regulations related to climate change. (New York Times)
• President Trump heads to Houston to announce executive orders aimed at speeding pipeline and other oil and gas projects. (Houston Chronicle)
Two major fires at Houston petrochemical plants likely won’t lead to crackdowns on industry. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
Student-managed investment funds at universities are finding opportunities in clean energy to provide a financial return. (Energy News Network)
A conservative Texas foundation ramps up its campaign against renewable energy, particularly wind power. (Austin American-Statesman)

SOLAR:
• After grappling with uncertainty created by the Trump administration’s tariffs, the solar industry is poised for a comeback as a result of incentives like California’s recent requirement for new home construction. (CNBC)
• A solar company says Los Angeles could meet its clean energy goals by creating a virtual power plant based around home solar panels and battery storage. (New York Times)

WIND: Developers of the Vineyard offshore wind farm commit to monitoring impacts on fisheries, using methods recommended by university scientists. (Cape Cod Times)

PUBLIC LANDS: If the goals of the Green New Deal are to be met, replacing fossil fuels with clean energy produced on federal lands will be critical, energy policy experts say. (Outside)

BIOFUELS: Spring flooding in the Midwest has caused ethanol shortages and contributed to increased gasoline prices as production capacity dropped 13 percent. (Reuters)

COAL: A Kentucky Democrat introduces a bill to stop new or expanded mountaintop removal coal mining until the government studies its impact on human health. (Bloomberg Environment)

NUCLEAR: Researchers find biased public attitudes against nuclear power that are based on fear. (Grist)

EMISSIONS: Entergy pledges to reduce its carbon emissions by 50 percent below 2000 levels by 2030 in the four Southern states it serves. (RTO Insider)

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POLICY: Federal lawmakers seek to extend clean energy tax credits and also add energy storage as a qualifying technology. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Climate scientist Michael Mann writes that President Trump’s “stupid,” “wrong,” and “dangerous” comments on wind energy appear to be “informed by, and in service of, Big Oil’s anti-wind propaganda.” (Newsweek)
• The Louisiana coast isn’t “disappearing,” it’s being destroyed by oil and gas companies and development, a columnist writes. (Times-Picayune)

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