U.S. Energy News

Utilities say Trump power plan won’t save coal plants

COAL: The Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan replacement won’t save U.S. coal-fired power plants, according to a survey of utilities. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• North Dakota’s coal industry is promoting the use of electric vehicles powered by the state’s “homegrown” coal supply. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A North Dakota industry group plans to ask regional grid operators about paying more for coal-fired power for reliability purposes. (Bismarck Tribune)
An Illinois panel shelves a proposal to relax limits on air pollution from coal plants, instead seeking a compromise between plant owners and environmental groups. (Chicago Tribune; E&E News, subscription)
• Longtime Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Ken Ward, Jr. is awarded a prestigious Macarthur Fellow “genius grant” for his reporting on the human and environmental toll of resource extraction in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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COAL ASH:
• Hurricane Florence flooding at a North Carolina coal ash impoundment did not contaminate a nearby river, state regulators say. (News & Observer)
• Tennessee Valley Authority is moving away from coal, but coal ash impoundments near major waterways will likely remain a problem. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Duke Energy announces plans to install 530 electric vehicle charging stations in Florida, mostly in public places. (Utility Dive)
• Virginia will invest $14 million from Volkswagen settlement money to develop electric vehicle charging networks. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY:
Massachusetts is the most energy efficient state for the eighth year in a row, while New Jersey saw the most improvement, according to an annual study. (The Hill, NJ Spotlight, ACEEE)
• Environmental nonprofit Appalachian Voices promotes home energy efficiency programs in North Carolina. (Watauga Democrat)

WIND: A Harvard study says a large expansion of wind development in the U.S. could temporarily raise temperatures in some places, though emissions from fossil fuels remain a far greater threat. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Washington regulators approve stringent rules for community solar providers, sparking concerns among some clean energy advocates that the new requirements might keep some out of the market. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: Nevada could cost-effectively add up to 175 MW of utility-scale battery storage by 2020, according to a new study. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: PSEG confirms it will shut down its three nuclear plants without zero-emission subsidies from New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)

PIPELINES: An agreement between Michigan and Enbridge to build a tunnel for Line 5 still provides no clear timeline to decommission the current pipeline. (InsideClimate News)

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CLIMATE: Pipeline advocates using the necessity defense in Minnesota is a “landmark case” for climate advocates. (The Nation)

COMMENTARY: A cleantech marketer says community solar developers need to make the process less complicated and frustrating for customers. (Greentech Media)

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