U.S. Energy News

Report: DOE plan to help coal and nuclear would cost $10.6 billion a year

POLICY:
• A Department of Energy plan to prop up coal and nuclear plants will cost U.S. taxpayers $10.6 billion a year, according to a new analysis. (Guardian)
• A look at how Ohio went from encouraging the clean energy sector to policies that support fossil fuels. (InsideClimate News)

POLITICS: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch says President Trump confirmed his administration would shrink two national monuments in the state, potentially opening the lands to fossil fuel developers. (New York Times, Reuters)

REGULATION: In an interview that aired Sunday, EPA chief Scott Pruitt said President Obama’s environmental regulations were a declaration of “war” on coal and other industries. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
• Las Vegas is “a terrifically exciting place to be” to witness the growth of solar energy. (Christian Science Monitor)
• A subsidiary of Florida-based NextEra Energy files for a permit application to build a 20-megawatt solar project in Maine. (Central Maine)
• A Milwaukee Islamic center is pursuing solar energy as a way to build connections in the community and understanding among faith-based groups. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• High wind speeds last week helped one Iowa utility produce enough renewable energy for all of its customers. (Associated Press)
• Why wind energy is becoming the preferred power option in the U.S. (Motley Fool)
• Four Maine lawmakers join local officials to oppose new wind projects in the state’s Moosehead Lake region, saying they would threaten the tourism industry there. (Portland Press Herald)

RENEWABLES: St. Louis becomes the 47th U.S. city to commit to a 100 percent clean energy goal. (NBC)

COAL:
• A judge says that Washington state acted arbitrarily when it blocked a sublease for a proposed coal export terminal on the Columbia River, overturning a decision made earlier this year. (Associated Press)
• Environmentalists and state lawmakers are urging the governor of Maryland to impose tougher water pollution standards for three of the state’s coal-fired power plants, which have permits up for renewal. (Baltimore Sun)

OIL & GAS:
• Record levels of crude oil are leaving from Texas and Louisiana ports, and more export growth could push related infrastructure to the limit. (Reuters)
• About 672,000 gallons of oil spilled from a pipeline off Louisiana’s coast earlier this month, but hardly any of it was visible. (New York Times)
• Ohio’s Mountaineer NGL Storage said it is planning to invest $150 million over the next several years in an Appalachian storage facility that officials say would benefit West Virginia. (Exponent Telegram)

PIPELINES:
• Developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project file a federal lawsuit against hundreds of landowners in Virginia to initiate acquiring easements through eminent domain. (Roanoke Times)
• Groups in West Virginia and Virginia are concerned about the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s effect on water quality. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: An in-depth look at twin nuclear projects helps explain why South Carolina’s Summer plant failed and Georgia’s Vogtle plant is still afloat, and shows “how money and political power triumphed over incompetence.” (Post and Courier)

UTILITIES:
• Five years after Superstorm Sandy, Consolidated Edison’s work offers a case study in how to build back a system that’s been crippled. (Greentech Media)
• Florida Power & Light is seeking to recoup an estimated $1.3 billion from customers to cover the costs of restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma. (Orlando Weekly)

COMMENTARY:
• The head of GTM Research shares his thoughts on energy market reforms and how to unleash the future of electricity. (Greentech Media)
• Tesla’s Elon Musk is reinforcing the idea that there’s a better way for people to get power, and that could mean trouble for the utility industry, says the CEO of Shelton Group. (GreenBiz)

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