U.S. Energy News

Utility study shows aggressive carbon goals within reach

CLEAN ENERGY: Xcel Energy’s ambitious clean energy goal can be largely accomplished through existing technology, according to experts and a new report released by the utility. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Recent goals announced in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota show the “clean energy revolution has spread to the Midwest.” (Grist)
• Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s plan for 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050 faces political challenges. (MinnPost)
Maryland legislators believe there is strong support to increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 50 percent by 2030. (Baltimore Sun)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Critics say Nebraska is spending too much of its Volkswagen settlement money on subsidies for diesel buses when it should be investing in electric vehicles. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Indiana utility NIPSCO seeks to reduce rates for its five largest customers to dissuade them from generating their own electricity and reducing dependence on the utility. (Energy News Network)

GRID:
• Why the European practice of burying power lines doesn’t necessarily translate to California. (Bloomberg)
Texas faces record electricity consumption this summer and regulators say it needs more resources to meet demand after coal plant closures. (Natural Gas Intel)

COAL:
• The Navajo and Hopi tribes brace for the economic impact of an Arizona coal plant closure. (Huffington Post)
• A Montana bill puts the customers of a South Dakota-based utility on the hook for the future costs of a struggling coal-fired power plant whether it retires or not. (Greentech Media)
• As the market for coal continues to decline, a spate of bills before Western lawmakers seek to throw the industry a lifeline. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators announce they will extend the operating license for the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire through 2050. (Boston Globe)

OIL & GAS: Vice President Mike Pence headlines a fundraiser this week for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: The White House reviews a U.S. EPA proposal that would allow sales of higher-ethanol fuel this summer. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Florida’s governor did not mention climate change or offshore drilling in his address on water quality. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR: A solar panel company that recently began shipping from its Georgia plant sues three rival manufacturers, claiming patent infringement. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

EFFICIENCY: A new energy efficiency resource library offers guidelines and best practices to help cities reduce energy use from buildings. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein has direct financial interests in the fossil fuel companies that the Green New Deal threatens. (In These Times)
A small group of conservative lawmakers tries to come up with a strategy on climate change. (Fortune)

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ACTIVISM:
South Dakota’s governor introduces bills meant to deter out-of-state funding for anticipated protests against the Keystone XL Pipeline. (Earther)
A group backed by a former Home Depot executive targets Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal with a billboard campaign in New York City. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
Michael Bloomberg says he will not run for president and will instead launch a campaign to move America as quickly as possible toward a 100 percent clean energy economy. (Bloomberg)
A Baltimore Sun editorial calls for more urgent action on climate change: “climate change is already late in the fourth quarter, and the home team is behind.”

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