U.S. Energy News

Will Trump’s rollback slow utilities’ push for cleaner energy?

CLEAN POWER PLAN: It is unclear whether the Trump administration’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan will impact utilities that have already committed to a transition to clean energy. (E&E News)

ALSO:
A former industry lobbyist who is now a top EPA official has been a driving force in weakening emissions rules for his former clients. (New York Times)
Despite President Trump’s promises to revive the industry by weakening emissions regulations, experts say coal’s decline is imminent. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
While the Trump proposal is unlikely to impact the growth of renewable energy, it may delay retirement of some coal plants. (Greentech Media)

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NUCLEAR: Advocates clear a legal hurdle in their effort to ensure an Ohio utility’s nuclear decommissioning costs aren’t shifted to taxpayers. (Energy News Network)

OIL AND GAS: More than 1,000 workers have lost their lives in shale fields over the past ten years, an incident rate 5 times higher than industries in general. (E&E News)

PIPELINES: An advisory council to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam recommends he rescind Clean Water Act certifications and not issue any more permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. (S&P Global)

POWER PLANTS: The fate of a proposed 1,000 MW gas-burning power plant in northwest Rhode Island will hinge on the interpretation of a century-old state water law. (Providence Journal, ecoRI News)

WIND: North Dakota launches a program meant to resolve disputes between landowners and wind developers “in a timely manner.” (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A new online tool helps states coordinate the buildout of fast-charging stations on highways throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. (Energy News Network)
• Automotive suppliers in western Michigan see greater demand for electric vehicle components from major automakers. (MiBiz)
“The ice has been broken” on electric vehicle charging in interior Alaska with new charging stations at a resort near Fairbanks. (KTVF)

GRID: The specter of the Enron crisis, along with concerns about the Trump administration influencing California energy policy, complicate discussions about uniting the Western power grid. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE: A Vermont utility offers free Tesla Powerwall batteries to 100 eligible low-income customers with the help of a $150,000 state grant. (news release)

PIPELINES: An advisory council to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam recommends he rescind Clean Water Act certifications and not issue any more permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. (S&P Global)

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EFFICIENCY: An Oregon nonprofit is helping marijuana growing operations cut their energy use. (Cannabis Business Times)

COMMENTARY:
Wind projects have no measurable impact on nearby property values, according to the Center for Rural Affairs in Nebraska. (Grand Island Independent)
The Washington Post translates President Trump’s “odd” comments about energy at a recent fundraiser.

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