U.S. Energy News

When utilities make mistakes, who should pay?

UTILITIES: A California case is part of a broader pattern of utilities across the U.S. seeking to pass the costs of their mistakes onto customers instead of shareholders. (New York Times)

BIOFUELS: Conservative Midwest politicians are increasingly turning on EPA chief Scott Pruitt for weakening ethanol mandates. (Politico)

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POLLUTION: U.S. district court judges in Maryland and New York say the EPA must force five upwind states to limit smog pollution to comply with a Clean Air Act provision. (The Hill)

TRANSMISSION: Central Maine Power signs a contract with Massachusetts electricity distributors that sets prices for a proposed $950 million transmission line to deliver hydropower from Canada to New England. (Bangor Daily News)

SOLAR: Georgia-based Suniva has been released from bankruptcy and plans to “restart operations as soon as possible.” (Greentech Media)

WIND:
• Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs into law a bill designed to protect military airspace from wind turbines; although during a similar debate in North Carolina, military officials have said additional safeguards aren’t needed. (Enid News & Eagle, Southeast Energy News archive)
• A conservative think tank is behind an advertising campaign attacking wind energy in Minnesota. (City Pages)

PIPELINES:
• A Democratic FERC commissioner says she will continue to consider climate impacts in pipeline cases. (Utility Dive)
• The South Dakota Supreme Court dismisses an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: A federal court in New Mexico rebuked the Bureau of Land Management for failing to consider certain climate impacts, putting a temporary stop to a plan to drill in the Santa Fe National Forest. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
New Jersey lawmakers push back on House Republicans’ plans to penalize New Jersey and other states for opposing oil and gas drilling off their shores. (NJ.com)
The governors of five states ask Congress to reject a plan to impose heavy fees on states that oppose offshore drilling. (The News & Observer)

TECHNOLOGY: An Illinois nonprofit launches a mobile notification system that allows customers without smartphones to access programs that manage home energy use. (Midwest Energy News)

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COAL: A former coal miner is working to convert former mountaintop removal sites in West Virginia into farmland. (Yale Climate Connections)

COMMENTARY: The struggling nuclear energy industry likely won’t survive without a government handout, one industry expert says. (FiveThirtyEight)

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