U.S. Energy News

‘Vulture capitalists’ descend upon unwanted coal mines

COAL: Giant coal company bankruptcies are transferring unwanted coal mines to virtually unknown “vulture capitalists,” as one analyst describes them. (E&E News)

ALSO:
Murray Energy’s bankruptcy filing raises questions about the future and reclamation of 13 mines the company owns. (Columbus Dispatch)
• The EPA today plans to relax rules on how power plants store and dispose of the toxic powder and sludge known as coal ash. (Washington Post)
Coal mine closures and reduced output are upending the lives of hundreds of mostly Native American workers in the Southwest, with the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribes set to lose millions of dollars in income. (Associated Press)
As Colorado’s Tri-State Generation and Transmission undergoes changes in structure and oversight, the future of coal for the power provider looks increasingly grim. (Energy News Network)

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OIL & GAS:
A flood of crude is expected to hit the worldwide oil market as demand is slowing and climate concerns are growing. (New York Times)
• Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp. issue warnings to investors about the threat of Elizabeth Warren’s proposed fracking ban to their business. (E&E News)
Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is positioning himself as a defender of the state’s oil and gas industry as he launches his re-election fight amid a barrage of criticism from environmental groups. (Denver Post) 

PIPELINES:
• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum asks the Keystone Pipeline’s owner to review its inspection and monitoring of the line after last week’s spill. (Associated Press)
• The Keystone spill has prompted at least one congressional inquiry about management by its owner, TC Energy. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND:
An ongoing study indicates an offshore wind farm in Rhode Island benefits recreational fishermen as the base of the wind turbines create an artificial reef. (Energy News Network)
A New York law intended to circumvent local opposition to clean energy development has instead led to interminable delays. (Wall Street Journal, subscription required)

SOLAR: A solar project at a former industrial site in northern Michigan highlights the opportunities and challenges ahead for “brownfield to brightfield” development. (Energy News Network)

STORAGE: Indiana utility NIPSCO’s long-term energy plan “shocked the U.S. power industry” with its dependence on solar-plus-storage. (PV Magazine)

MICROGRIDS: Pittsburgh International is the first major airport to announce its own microgrid as industry leaders are looking to them as a solution to regional power outages. (CNBC)

GRID: New England’s grid operator sees lower summer demand over the next decade due to greater solar penetration and increased energy efficiency. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES: Native American leaders seek to empower tribes to develop their own renewable energy. (Allegheny Front)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire’s congressional delegation wants federal regulators to include biomass power as a qualified source in the national Renewable Fuels Standard. (Associated Press)

HYDROPOWER: While many see hydropower as a solution to balance variable output from renewables, building new dams is a difficult proposition. (High Country News)

CALIFORNIA: Gov. Gavin Newsom says the Trump administration is responding quickly to climate-related emergencies while “doing everything wrong to address what’s happening to cause them.” (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Community solar programs that offer affordable power are necessary for Florida’s transition to renewables, the director of a solar advocacy group says. (Energy News Network)
A former Sierra Club chairman says consumers will be left with outdated, inferior auto products thanks to automakers siding with Trump in his fight to bar California from setting tailpipe emissions standards. (Bloomberg)
Robert Murray’s advocacy for coal-fired power has been “quieted by an even more powerful presence: free market forces,” a Forbes columnist writes.

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