U.S. Energy News

Utilities still reluctant to invest in coal despite Trump efforts

COAL:
• Utilities are reluctant to invest in coal plants despite the Trump administration’s effort to save them. (Washington Examiner)
• West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for deaths and sickness from the rollback of coal-fired power plant emission regulations. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: A federal contractor hired in the wake of the nation’s largest coal ash spill in 2008 omitted information about worker safety and high radium levels from a final report, an investigation finds. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

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PIPELINES:
As construction resumes on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, activists question their momentum and contemplate new legal and regulatory strategies against the project. (Energy News Network)
• A Canadian court’s rejection of a 700-mile pipeline project contrasts with the U.S. legal and regulatory system, pipeline critics here say. (E&E News)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota landowners say little is being done to clean up abandoned drilling sites, leaving them unusable and contaminated. (Forum News Service)
• Texas oil producers turn to trucks and rail to ship crude oil to Gulf Coast refineries and export terminals since pipelines are full. (San Antonio Express-News)

WIND:
Danish wind energy developer Ørsted is interested in bidding on several U.S. offshore wind projects. (Wall Street Journal)
• A California tech firm reaches a 15-year deal for power from an Illinois wind project that has been in the planning stage for 10 years. (Chicago Tribune)

SOLAR: A Connecticut solar company works with the state’s green bank to help low-income homeowners reduce energy bills. (Energy News Network)

STORAGE: California lawmakers approve a bill providing $800 million in funding for a state energy storage incentive program. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: North Carolina lags behind 41 other states in fulfilling its energy efficiency potential, a report finds. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators plan to take a closer look at a uranium leak at a South Carolina nuclear fuel plant. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
• Five major oil and gas companies ask a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by a Washington county alleging trespass and nuisance related to climate change. (Associated Press)
• Michigan’s attorney general signs a court filing in an ExxonMobil case that questions the scientific consensus around climate change. (Bridge Magazine)
• Some of the most carbon-intensive Midwestern states are driving support for lawmakers hostile toward climate change policies. (CNN)

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POLITICS: Cynthia Nixon gains a following among environmental activists frustrated by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ties to the fossil fuel industry. (Huffington Post)

COMMENTARY: Fueled by debt and years of easy credit, America’s energy boom is on shaky footing. (New York Times)

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