U.S. Energy News

Would fracking ban doom Democrats in key battleground state?

OIL & GAS: Some Pennsylvania Democrats worry that presidential candidates’ pledges to ban fracking could jeopardize the party’s chances of winning the battleground state. (New York Times)

An analysis finds 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives or their spouses own fossil fuel company stocks or mutual funds. (Sludge)
A prominent medical journal urges health workers and associations to divest from fossil fuels, citing the public health threat from climate change. (E&E News)

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Virginia clean energy advocates propose an alternative to Dominion Energy’s electric school bus plan that would provide money for a massive diesel-to-electric conversion across the state. (Energy News Network)
• General Motors will invest $2.2 billion in its first all-electric vehicle assembly plant in Detroit. (Detroit Free Press)

Pennsylvania residents living near a Mariner East pipeline construction accident have since had foul, undrinkable well water that they say was contaminated by the incident. (The Guardian)
Two environmental groups are planning a lawsuit against the federal government aiming to stop a proposed 50-mile natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming. (Associated Press)

The U.S. Supreme Court may be the final stop for state and local lawsuits seeking climate damages from oil and gas companies. (InsideClimate News)
A race for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas drillers, has stakes for U.S. climate policy, analysts say. (Bloomberg)
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy unveils his much-anticipated state energy plan for zero carbon emissions by 2050. (NorthJersey.com)
Activists criticize New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget at a hearing, saying it fails to adequately address the climate crisis. (New York Daily News)

• The developer of offshore wind projects in New England funds a study to examine project impacts on endangered right whales. (ecoRI)
• Maine has enough wind energy potential to provide all of its electricity needs, but policy and development hurdles remain. (Bangor Daily News)

• Blockchain is being used to track certificates of origin for renewable energy in a more granular and timely way than traditional methods. (Greentech Media)
A slate of environmental bills are in the Florida legislature, including one that would set renewable energy goals. (WUWF)

• The world’s largest asset manager prepares to launch a multibillion-dollar fund focused on renewable energy and batteries. (Greentech Media)
• The New York Power Authority will test zinc-air storage as a possible alternative to the predominant lithium-ion batteries. (Utility Dive)

GEOTHERMAL: California regulators consider whether geothermal energy can be more valuable than solar in terms of emissions reductions, despite its much higher initial cost. (Utility Dive)

COAL: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes new protections for two threatened species of crayfish whose habitats have been damaged by mountaintop removal mining. (WVPB)

TRANSPORTATION: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker proposes a $1 trip fee on ride-sharing services like Uber to raise money for Boston’s subways. (E&E News, subscription required)

BIOGAS: Minnesota dairy farmers see a “new gold rush” in producing biogas from manure for transportation fuel and low-carbon credits. (Star Tribune)

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SOLAR: A new research paper suggests solar manufacturers could lower costs by making silicon wafers thinner without sacrificing efficiency. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: Port congestion could present real challenges to the U.S. offshore wind market as it begins to take off, an energy consultant writes. (Greentech Media) 

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