U.S. Energy News

Why U.S. carbon emissions increased in 2018

EMISSIONS: U.S. carbon emissions rose 3.4 percent in 2018 despite a record number of coal plant closures, as pollution grew in the transportation and industrial sectors. (New York Times)

SHUTDOWN:
The Trump administration continues to issue oil drilling permits for federal land and the Gulf of Mexico despite the government shutdown. (Bloomberg)
Meanwhile, two public meetings for a wind project off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard are postponed due to the shutdown. (reNEWS)

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OIL & GAS: The Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal from Exxon Mobil in a climate change lawsuit, which means the company has to turn over internal documents to the state of Massachusetts. (Vox)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia air pollution regulators are expected to vote today on building a compressor station in Buckingham County. (Associated Press)
A federal judge allows four tribes to challenge a recent conclusion that a Dakota Access pipeline spill wouldn’t unfairly affect them. (Associated Press)

STORAGE:
A Denver-area electric co-op’s big investment in batteries is creating tension with its coal-heavy power supplier, but utility officials see storage as a low-risk gamble that will benefit their members. (Energy News Network)
Battery storage has huge potential in North Carolina, but advocates say the degree and speed of deployment depends on state policy. (Energy News Network)
A Texas electric utility that serves much of northern New Mexico is breaking new ground for the region with its plan add 100 MW of battery storage. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY:
• A proposed ordinance in Madison, Wisconsin, would limit the use of certain air conditioners to reduce energy use and emissions. (Madison Capital Times)
• Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium uses an energy monitoring dashboard to manage its peak demand and reduce energy usage. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
MidAmerican Energy plans a $922 million wind energy investment in Iowa to help reach a 100 percent renewable energy goal. (Cherokee Chronicle Times)
• Florida lags on wind energy because it’s not breezy enough to be viable in many areas. (Sun Sentinel)

SOLAR: Duke Energy’s 2019 rebates for installing solar panels were used up by homeowners in just two days. (WFAE)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Energy Department announces a three-year, $115 million pilot project to help develop advanced fuels for next-generation nuclear reactors. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

COAL: In Pennsylvania, former miners express disappointment that Trump has been unable to revive the coal industry. (CNN)

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POLICY:
New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and progressive groups map out next steps in their push for a Green New Deal. (CNN)
Illinois Rep. Sean Casten declines a position on a House climate committee, saying he is skeptical of “pie-in-the-sky” proposals that wouldn’t get support from Republicans. (E&E News)
Former GOP Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania joins a political advocacy campaign pushing for a carbon tax and dividend plan. (Axios)

TRANSPORTATION: Boston’s transit authority orders 194 diesel-electric transit buses and five battery-electric zero-emission buses. (news release)

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