U.S. Energy News

Washington places a CO2 cap on the state’s largest emitters

EMISSIONS: Washington state adopts a carbon cap requiring large industrial emitters to gradually reduce emissions over time. (Associated Press)

GRID: Tesla wins a contract to build a 20 megawatt Powerpack system in California that is slated to be the world’s largest lithium ion battery storage project. (L.A. Biz)

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OIL & GAS:
• New York’s Attorney General is looking into Exxon Mobil’s accounting practices, including why it hasn’t been recording the value of its assets. (Wall Street Journal)
• Members of a House science subcommittee struggle to agree on the amount of methane released from natural gas production during a hearing this week. (Morning Consult)
• Police arrest 13 activists at the U.S. Department of the Interior for protesting oil and natural gas leasing on federal lands. (Reuters)
Air pollution from oil and gas wells is highest before wells go into production and during “the liquid load out,” according to a new study conducted in Colorado. (Denver Business Journal)

PIPELINES:
• A ruptured gasoline pipeline in Alabama that normally transports 1.3 million barrels per day could threaten supplies in parts of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• An industry front group in support of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline may have created fake Twitter profiles to counter protesters. (DeSmogBlog)
• New York agencies order a full environmental review of a proposed dual pipeline project that would run 170 miles and traverse the Hudson Valley. (Times Herald-Record)

POLITICS:
• Presidential candidate Donald Trump says he would eliminate the current system of buying and selling biofuel blending credits, but would still support the U.S. biofuel mandate. (Bloomberg)
• During the current election cycle, the fossil fuel industry has donated $37.2 million to Republicans running for federal office, compared to $3.8 million donated to Democrats, according to a recent analysis. (InsideClimate News)

WIND:
• Amazon is investing in a 253-megawatt wind farm in Texas, which will feature more than 100 turbines and help power the company’s cloud data centers. (Houston Chronicle)
• New York releases a 24-page “blueprint” for developing offshore wind, which includes a potential 16,740-square-mile area off the Atlantic coast for wind farms. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signs off on a third solar power plant at a Native American reservation about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission chairman is recommending that the panel approve a proposal on Friday to grandfather in favorable rates for as many as 32,000 rooftop solar customers. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A Senate probe is investigating whether tax credits for the solar industry were properly calculated. (Wall Street Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Clean energy groups are sponsoring events to bolster electric vehicle adoption in North Carolina. (Southeast Energy News)
• Tesla is suing an executive at an oil pipeline services company for allegedly impersonating Elon Musk in an email message to gain undisclosed financial information. (Forbes)

TRANSPORTATION: A congressional panel will focus on new fuel efficiency rules in an upcoming hearing amid growing concerns from automakers. (Reuters)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• General Motors says it will power all of its global operations using 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, which will include 350 facilities in 59 countries. (Detroit News)
• An organization releases a new mapping tool that showcases states’ clean energy projects and gives policymakers and activists a national scorecard on local clean energy initiatives. (Midwest Energy News)

COMMENTARY: How conflict and collaboration are shaping utility policy. (Utility Dive)

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