U.S. Energy News

White House reportedly backing away from plan to prop up coal plants

COAL: Sources say the White House has shelved a plan to prop up uneconomic coal plants by invoking national security concerns, in part because “the political will to pay for it is not broadly there.” (Politico)

ALSO:
The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations and other federal properties to ship coal and other fossil fuels to Asia, a plan the Washington governor called a “harebrained” scheme. (Associated Press, Politico)
• The U.S. Department of Energy denies withholding a report on coal power plants and grid resilience for political reasons. (E&E News, subscription)

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COAL ASH: North Carolina environmental activists say state regulators are failing to ensure safe water or hold Duke Energy accountable following coal ash spills during Hurricane Florence. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINE:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents say developers are building some parts of the route at an aggressive and reckless pace. (Roanoke Times)
• In a last ditch effort to stop construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, protesters chain themselves to equipment and build tree stands to interrupt work. (The Guardian)

OIL & GAS:
• The Colorado Supreme Court is set this week to hear arguments in a lawsuit that asserts state regulators must consider drilling’s impact on human health and the environment before issuing permits. (Denver Post)
• California regulators adopt a new strategy to deal with methane leaks from natural gas pipelines: prioritize leaks that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions even if the lines don’t pose a physical threat. (Utility Dive)
Despite headwinds from cheap renewables, natural gas reliance is set to grow in much of the U.S. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Why Palo Alto, California is the electric car capital of America. (E&E News)
Missouri engineers seek to develop a system for charging an electric car in ten minutes. (St. Louis Public Radio)

WIND: Microsoft is the customer behind a 90 MW wind facility under construction in northern Pennsylvania, developers announce. (news release)

SOLAR:
• U.S. corporations break a record for renewable procurement, securing nearly 4 GW of solar and wind capacity through August. (Solar Power World)
• Solar developers say delays in establishing an incentive program in Illinois have led to a “waterfall of problems” and the risk of a “terribly inefficient market.” (Greentech Media)

TRANSMISSION: A decision by federal regulators will help clear the way for a proposed transmission line buried within a railroad corridor from Iowa to Illinois that will help open up markets for wind energy. Background on the project here. (Platts, Energy News Network archive)

UTILITIES:
• Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan calls for an end to third-party residential electricity sales after announcing a $2.65 million settlement with a company accused of using misleading marketing tactics. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Opponents of a Minnesota utility’s proposed 550 MW natural gas plant say the project is not needed. (Duluth News Tribune)

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POLITICS: If Washington voters approve a plan to establish a carbon fee, it will become the first effort of its kind enacted anywhere in the world and will likely encourage carbon tax supporters in other states. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: Rural communities are demonstrating the viability of clean energy. (Scienceline)

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