U.S. Energy News

White House set to challenge states’ authority on emissions

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration is expected to announce that it is revoking California’s authority to set auto mileage standards, which threatens to produce a massive legal battle and prolonged uncertainty and turmoil in the nation’s auto market. (Associated Press, Washington Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
General Motors’ shift to electric vehicles may be propelling a workers strike around the country, as EV production requires fewer jobs. (Wired)
• The tension between labor and electric vehicle production is seen at auto plants elsewhere in the U.S. (E&E News, subscription)
• The United States is losing the global race to develop an electric vehicle supply chain and needs more domestic mining, a group of senators warns. (Reuters)
Californians are buying electric cars in record numbers, but the state’s charging infrastructure is patchy and could limit the transition. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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EMISSIONS:
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issues an executive order calling on state agencies and public institutions to use only carbon-free electricity by 2050. (Daily Progress)
• A new report says emissions in states that belong to a Northeast compact fell 47% over the decade of its existence. (E&E News, subscription required)
Duke Energy announces a plan to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2050 with renewables, carbon capture, and natural gas. (WRAL)

FOSSIL FUELS:
The University of California system says it will eliminate fossil fuels from its $84 billion pension and endowment funds. (Associated Press)
Colorado activists want state leaders to begin considering economic transition plans for the eventual end of the fossil fuel era. (Westword)

EFFICIENCY:
A new partnership allows ComEd to connect with community action agencies in northern Illinois to spread energy efficiency spending in low-income communities. (Energy News Network)
• Conservative groups work to persuade the Trump administration to weaken energy efficiency standards for a long list of home appliances. (New York Times)

POLLUTION:
Nine large electric utilities, including four from the western U.S., challenge the Trump administration’s repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan in a petition to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Utility Dive)
• Residents demand testing of unidentified particulate matter that is falling from the skies around the Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal-fired plant in Tennessee. (Knoxville News Sentinel) 

NATURAL GAS: San Jose, California’s city council votes to ban natural gas in most new residential buildings, making it the largest city to do so. (Reuters)

STORAGE: California passes an energy storage subsidy for homeowners at risk of having power shut off by utilities trying to prevent wildfires. (Greentech Media)

COAL: The miners’ protest in Eastern Kentucky over unpaid wages from bankrupt coal company Blackjewel continues into its eighth week. (The Guardian)

PIPELINES: The Minnesota Supreme Court rejects challenges to an environmental review of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, allowing the project to move forward in the regulatory approval process. (Minnesota Public Radio)

OFFSHORE WIND:
New Jersey regulators approve a transmission interconnection at a closed nuclear power plant for a proposed 1,100 MW offshore wind farm. (NJ Spotlight)
A large crowd turns out to a meeting to support a plan to adapt a Connecticut pier as a staging area for offshore wind development. (CT Examiner)

BIOFUELS:
• The most recent 31 ethanol waivers granted to oil refineries by the Trump administration were the “final blow” that caused an Iowa ethanol plant to shut down, according to its chairman. (Radio Iowa)
• Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he won’t celebrate a new Trump biofuels policy until the U.S. EPA formalizes a plan. (Radio Iowa)

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GEOTHERMAL: A massive federal government sale of geothermal energy leases in Nevada draws bids on just 26% of the land parcels offered. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• The prospect of a war to protect Saudi oil is a reminder that the climate crisis isn’t the only reason to transition from fossil fuels, Bill McKibben writes. (The Guardian)
• Indiana regulators are among several in the U.S. that have rejected utilities’ long-term energy plans, and an analyst says DTE Energy in Michigan could be next. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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