U.S. Energy News

Oregon lawmakers drop residential solar tax credit

SOLAR: Oregon lawmakers fail to extend a rooftop solar tax credit that’s set to expire at the end of the year. (Portland Business Journal)

• Solar installers are spending more than ever on acquiring new residential customers, with costs totaling about $3,668 per customer. (Greentech Media)
• A Minneapolis community solar developer is focusing its efforts on low-income residents, using faith-based groups and other entities as “backup subscribers.”  (Midwest Energy News)
• A new study commissioned by a clean energy group in Michigan says utility customers with solar panels provide a net benefit to the grid. (Michigan Radio)

• Many utilities are skeptical that energy storage can help solve the “duck curve” problem. (Utility Dive)
• Hawaiian Electric submits a new grid modernization plan that calls for spending about $205 million over six years. (Greentech Media)

• The developer of a second wind project says it may pull out of North Carolina if an 18-month moratorium on wind farm permits becomes state law. (News & Observer)
• Appalachian Power wants to buy wind farms in West Virginia and Ohio that will be operational in 2019. (Roanoke Times)
• A major Michigan utility breaks ground on a 44-megawatt wind project, its third in the state. (MLive)

• More than a dozen states now impose fees on electric vehicle drivers, with West Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota and California all introducing fees this year. (Greentech Media)
• Mississippi is asking GreenTech Automotive to repay more than $6 million in state and local aid the company failed to fulfill promises to create jobs. (Associated Press)

BIOFUEL: The EPA proposes cutting 2018 requirements for the volume of biofuel used in gasoline and diesel fuel. (The Hill)

• A February 2018 trial date has been set for a climate-change lawsuit being brought against the federal government by 21 young people. (Washington Post)
• California’s governor is scheduled to announce a global climate summit in San Francisco, saying “it’s time to act.” (New York Times)

OIL & GAS: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the government should use revenues from offshore drilling to help maintain the country’s national parks. (The Hill)

PIPELINES: A controversial private security firm is no longer working for the Dakota Access pipeline developer in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)

COAL: New “clean coal” plants that use carbon capture technology are less likely after the failure of Mississippi’s Kemper project. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials say they will not fine a Canadian company that spilled radioactive sludge in Utah. (Associated Press)

REGULATION: California and New Mexico are suing the Trump administration for postponing the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste prevention rule, saying it will hurt taxpayers and endanger public health. (ThinkProgress)

• An official with electric vehicle charging company ChargePoint outlines best practices that utilities should use to help foster EV adoption among customers. (Utility Dive)
• The grid is more capable than ever to handle wind and solar power, despite what Energy Secretary Rick Perry believes, says an author and Los Angeles Times op-ed contributor. (Yale Environment 360)
• Another report affirms that market forces, not environmental policy, are driving coal’s decline. (Vox)

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