U.S. Energy News

Under Trump, corporations increasingly worried about climate change

CLIMATE: Climate change is a growing concern for the nation’s top companies, beating out other economic concerns, according to an analysis of earnings calls. (Bloomberg)

• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously says closing uneconomic coal and nuclear plants does not pose a threat to the U.S. power grid, putting it at odds with the Trump administration. (Reuters)
• American Electric Power’s CEO says any plan to stabilize nuclear and coal plants should be reviewed by utilities to protect ratepayers from rising costs. (E&E News)

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SOLAR: A Nevada utility could soon break the record for the lowest price for solar energy in the nation. (Greentech Media)

• Citing concerns about rates, Maine regulators will reconsider a previously negotiated contract for a proposed offshore wind farm; developers say the decision won’t necessarily prevent the project from moving forward. (Portland Press Herald)
• A Minnesota judge’s recommendation to deny a planned $300 million wind project over turbine noise could have a chilling effect on the industry, advocates say. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

A Pennsylvania lawmaker who is challenging the Mariner East pipeline project asks state regulators to post all public comments related to the case online. (Natural Gas Intelligencer)
• Rover Pipeline agrees to pay West Virginia $430,000 for water pollution violations in the state. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL AND GAS: A new book explores how the fracking boom impacted a small Pennsylvania town. (Marketplace)

GRID: Scientists say the bedrock beneath Interstate 95 could amplify the effects of geomagnetic surges from the sun, making the Northeast corridor uniquely vulnerable to grid disruptions. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE: As California utilities come close to hitting mandated energy storage goals, many are looking to raise the bar even further. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: A South Carolina utility expresses concerns about a critical audit of its failed nuclear project that is the basis for several lawsuits, saying the report could be used against the company. (Post and Courier)

Augmented reality devices could help train and assist utility workers, but more study is needed around safety and performance issues. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Silicon Valley fuel cell startup plans to go public, but company officials won’t say how much they hope to raise. (Greentech Media)

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POLITICS: The Democratic National Committee says it will no longer accept donations from fossil fuel companies. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: Why President Trump would rather not fire Scott Pruitt. (Vox)

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