U.S. Energy News

Utilities remain committed to adopting clean energy

EMISSIONS: Utilities are restating their plans to adopt more renewable energy despite the Trump administration’s effort to replace the Clean Power Plan. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
Shell Oil has been quietly pushing lawmakers to support a carbon tax. (E&E News)
The Trump administration’s push to slow the U.S. response to climate change “may go down as a historic turning point.” (E&E News)

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GRID: Utilities are increasingly shifting their business plans to focus on grid infrastructure. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: A bill awaiting California Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature will require the state’s largest utility to produce 2.2 gigawatts of carbon-free electricity to offset the loss of power produced by a retired nuclear plant. (Greentech Media)

COAL:
• Vistra Energy announces plans to close a 51 MW Pennsylvania coal plant. (Bloomberg)
The Tennessee Valley Authority will study whether it should close two coal-fired power plants in Kentucky and Tennessee. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

PIPELINES: An oil pipeline developer and Louisiana authorities use a controversial new law to arrest at least nine pipeline protesters. (InsideClimate News)

OIL AND GAS:
• The EPA plans to phase out the agency’s emphasis on oil and gas enforcement. (E&E News)
• A proposed natural gas project in South Dakota fails, potentially saddling the state and landowners with dozens of abandoned wells. (Rapid City Journal)

EMISSIONS: Updated data show that Massachusetts emissions were 19.2% below 1990 levels in 2015, reflecting an uptick over previous years. (CommonWealth)

SOLAR:
• A Minnesota developer sees solar panels as an amenity at multi-family housing units. (Energy News Network)
• Indianapolis’ transit agency receives a nearly $1 million federal grant for solar infrastructure to charge electric buses. (Inside Indiana Business)
An Arizona tribe breaks ground on an expanded solar project that will double the number of homes it serves currently receiving clean energy. (KTAR)

WIND: A California company begins testing kites designed to harness wind energy in Hawaii after four years of preparations. (West Hawaii Today)

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EFFICIENCY: The Jersey City Housing Authority has cut energy consumption by 20 percent across its properties. (NJ.com)

COMMENTARY:
Former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus says President Trump’s plan to support coal plants will not improve grid security and is  “masking blatantly political objectives with a dangerous and unwarranted use of national security authorities.” (Houston Chronicle)
David Roberts says while the U.S. can probably meet 2030 emissions targets without the Clean Power Plan, it’s what happens afterward that’s worrisome. (Vox)

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