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)

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)

• 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)

• 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)

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)

• 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)

• 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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