U.S. Energy News

Vermont utility seeks to share space with energy entrepreneurs

CONGRESS: The U.S. House and Senate “still have miles to go” in reconciling differences in the versions of energy bills passed out of each chamber. (E&E Daily)

UTILITIES:
• A Vermont utility is seeking energy entrepreneurs to co-locate at its headquarters. (Renewable Energy World)
• The Sierra Club sues to block an Arizona utility’s plan to convert a coal plant to natural gas, saying as planned the plant’s operations would result in higher emissions. (Arizona Republic)

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CLIMATE: Not all climate activists are on board with a Washington state ballot measure that would establish a carbon tax. (Climate Central)

COAL:
• Coal companies haven’t given up on export projects. (Greenwire)
• Arch Coal’s bankruptcy prompts a federal agency to reject a proposed $405 million rail project in southeast Montana. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Environmental groups sue to require West Virginia to treat water pollution from bankrupt coal mines. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
• Murray Energy claims that an update to federal stream-protection rules would effectively end underground coal mining in the U.S. (Midwest Energy News)
• Ratepayers of Southern Company’s utilities may be on the hook for more of the rising costs of building its Kemper “clean coal” power plant in Mississippi. (Associated Press)
• The Bureau of Land Management will hold six public meetings starting next month to examine the federal coal leasing program. (Farmington Daily Times)

OIL AND GAS: Six years later, a new study shows the ecological toll of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to grow. (Washington Post)

PIPELINES: Consumers advocates in Michigan say a utility’s plan to help develop a natural gas pipeline from Ohio would be a bad deal for its ratepayers and potentially violate a state code. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• At its annual shareholders meeting, an Ohio utility says it wants to be a leader in solar development in the state, but would rather see it grow at utility scale rather than on rooftops. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Net metering supporters rallied at the Arizona capitol this week. (Arizona Republic)

WIND: The U.S. Senate passes an amendment that would increase funding for wind energy research. (The Hill)

POLITICS:
• A Republican donor from North Carolina says he will spend seven figures on a digital ad campaign to help re-elect to conservative senators, including Ohio’s Rob Portman, based on clean energy issues. (Reuters)
• How San Diego’s clean energy push could become a model for bipartisan action on climate change. (Guardian)
• Activists step up their efforts to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate disclosures. (InsideClimate news)

POLLUTION: Kentucky investigators rule out fracking as the cause of a polluted creek highlighted by environmental activist Erin Brockovich. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

GRID: Colorado grapples with the high energy demand from indoor marijuana growing operations. (ClimateWire)

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