U.S. Energy News

Delaware will sue EPA over pollution from out-of-state plants

POLLUTION: Delaware officials say they will sue the EPA for allowing emissions from power plants in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to pollute the state’s air. (The Hill)

OIL & GAS:
• BP, Shell and other international companies will pay massive one-time charges to adjust to new U.S. tax rules, but the changes are expected to bring long-term financial benefits to the companies. (Reuters)
• FERC approves West Virginia’s Mountaineer XPress project, which is the second-largest natural gas expansion project in the Northeast, and the Gulf XPress project, which will add seven new compressor stations in Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. (Platts)

EMISSIONS: Vehicles are the largest source of CO2 emissions in the U.S., but that hasn’t stopped the Trump administration from trying to roll back regulations on auto pollution. (The Guardian)

SOLAR:
• A nonprofit in New Hampshire is installing solar arrays to provide energy to low-income families. (Associated Press)
• SunEdison emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is now a smaller, privately held firm. (Greentech Media)
• Dominion Energy completes construction on the largest solar energy facility in South Carolina. (Solar Industry)

RENEWABLES: Ann Arbor, Michigan, adopts a goal for powering city operations on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 or sooner. (MLive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: North Carolina electric cooperatives are trying to lure plug-in electric vehicle drivers to rural, scenic areas with new charging stations aimed at tourists. (Southeast Energy News)

UTILITIES:
• New Mexico’s largest electric utility is proposing legislation to help save customers money as it closes a coal-fired power plant and shifts to cleaner energy. (Associated Press)
• How the new tax code may affect utilities and the electric power sector in 2018. (Utility Dive)
• Following the GOP tax overhaul, Oklahoma and Kentucky want to ensure utilities pass their savings from lower corporate tax rates on to customers. (Utility Dive)

DEMAND RESPONSE: Largely due to new capacity performance rules in the PJM market, a new analysis shows demand response played a smaller role in wholesale markets in 2016. (Utility Dive)

GRID: Farmers are fighting a proposed electrical transmission line in northwestern Oregon, claiming it could reduce milk production among dairy cows and disrupt grazing and silage harvesting, though science does not support many of those claims. (Associated Press, Midwest Energy News archive)

OHIO: Members of the Cleveland chapter of the NAACP are at odds over whether the group should support a Department of Energy plan that would benefit coal and nuclear plants in Ohio. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina’s SCANA tentatively agrees to a $14.6 billion sale to Virginia-based Dominion Energy in the aftermath of the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• Hedge-fund investors will turn a $171 million profit from South Carolina’s nuclear settlement, but they might be on the hook for unpaid bills to the project’s contractors. (Post and Courier)

COMMENTARY:
• A roundup of eight energy and climate issues to watch in 2018, according to a columnist at Axios.
• Tech journalist Clive Thompson says clean energy is “the new Silicon Valley—filled with giddy, breathtaking ingenuity and flat-out good news.” (Wired)

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