U.S. Energy News

Washington state voters reject carbon tax proposal

ELECTION: A Republican-held Congress and an opportunity to appoint one or more Supreme Court justices means Donald Trump is “poised to dramatically reshape energy and environmental policy.” (E&E Daily)

ALSO:
• Washington state voters reject what would have been the country’s first carbon tax on fossil fuels. (Seattle Times)
• Florida voters reject a misleading amendment designed to limit rooftop solar in the state. (Miami Herald)
• Republican Bob Burns wins re-election to the Arizona Corporation Commission with the help of $4 million from the state’s largest electric company. (Capitol Media Services)
• South Dakota Republican Chris Nelson is elected public utilities commissioner, defeating a green energy entrepreneur. (Associated Press)
• An environmentalist-backed Democrat wins Nevada’s Senate race, defeating a Republican who opposes the Clean Power Plan. (Mother Jones)
Transit measures win approval across the Southeast, with voters approving ballot measures to improve bus service and build rail projects. (Southeast Energy News)
• Industry experts say the next president will not radically change the energy sector. (PV-Tech)

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TECHNOLOGY: Researchers at Virginia Tech develop a flexible solar panel that can absorb diffused indoor light as well as direct sunlight. (TreeHugger)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Tesla buys a German engineering company in an effort to ramp up production of electric cars more than sixfold by 2018. (Reuters)
• Electric vehicles could provide up to 5 gigawatts of capacity to the grid by 2025, according to new report. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Lower gasoline prices and a double-digit increase in renewable energy capacity are predicted for 2017, according to a recent energy forecast. (Denver Business Journal)
• Many bankers believe phasing out tax credits will have a positive effect on renewable energy. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• Natural gas production slows nationwide, but output jumps 13 percent in Ohio. (Bloomberg)
• Several big oil and gas lawsuits will likely be affected by the outcome of the presidential election. (EnergyWire)
• A class action suit filed in federal court accuses ExxonMobil of misleading investors about a drop in its oil and gas reserves. (Bloomberg BNA)

PIPELINES: North Dakota regulators could fine the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline at least $15,000 for not getting proper approval to proceed with construction after finding Native American artifacts. (Associated Press)

FRACKING:
• State regulators order the shutdown of seven disposal wells near the epicenter of a magnitude 5.0 earthquake in Oklahoma. (Associated Press)
• Environmentalists say a surge of earthquakes in Oklahoma are linked to fracking and will inevitably lead to “catastrophic damage.” (Common Dreams)

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COAL: A new program launches to help coal-company employees start and grow businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

COMMENTARY: Don’t expect Donald Trump to move on promises like restoring coal jobs: “Once in office reality will set in and the fact that the president doesn’t determine energy markets will become abundantly clear and quickly.” (Forbes)

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