U.S. Energy News

Under Wheeler, EPA rollbacks expected to continue

OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Senate confirms former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as EPA administrator, who is expected to continue his predecessor’s efforts to roll back environmental regulations. (New York Times)

A federal court rebukes the U.S. Department of Energy for attempting to sideline an energy efficiency rule on air conditioners. (E&E News)
• New research addresses the challenge of enrolling small and medium businesses in energy efficiency programs. (Energy News Network)

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• Illinois lawmakers introduce a bill to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 with an emphasis on job creation and equity. (Energy News Network)
• Wisconsin’s governor calls for 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050 and increased state funding for renewables and efficiency. (Wisconsin State Journal)
Maine Gov. Janet Mills announces plans to form a climate council to guide the state toward 100 percent renewable energy. (Portland Press Herald)

After a settlement in Rhode Island, fishermen in Massachusetts are raising concerns about the Vineyard offshore wind project. (Cape Cod Times)
• Oklahoma regulators adopt rules that require wind developers to pay the state utility commission $2,000 per facility in annual fees for oversight. (Oklahoman)

UTILITIES: Virginia regulators narrow the options for companies seeking to buy renewable power by rejecting Walmart’s bid to contract with an alternative power supplier. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The president it set to roll out an offshore oil drilling plan that many Republican state leaders oppose. (USA Today)

Tribal leaders say the Army Corps of Engineers didn’t seriously review the Dakota Access pipeline’s potential impact on tribes. (Associated Press)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers ask Virginia regulators to stop a process that could revoke the project’s water certification permit. (Roanoke Times)

• Critics raise safety concerns as owners of aging nuclear reactors look to keep them operating far beyond their original licenses. (E&E News, subscription)
• The U.S. Department of Energy will go forward with plans to build a controversial new nuclear reactor some have called a boondoggle. (Science)

COAL: As coal severance taxes decline in Central Appalachia, counties lose funding for government services. (Southerly)

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EMISSIONS: An experimental Texas power plant that captures and reuses carbon dioxide is about to begin selling power back to the grid. (Houston Chronicle)

• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will announce his candidacy for president today at a Seattle solar farm, illustrating his focus on fighting climate change. (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
• House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not forbid members of a climate committee from taking donations from fossil fuel companies. (HuffPost)

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