U.S. Energy News

Senate tax bill would keep credits for wind, solar and EVs

POLICY:
• A Senate tax bill would keep credits for wind, solar and electric vehicles in place, unlike a House version of the bill that threatened to weaken and repeal the credits. (Greentech Media, Associated Press)
• As part of a live video series, Democratic and Republican policy experts discuss whether the U.S. is doing enough to modernize its energy policies to keep pace with other nations. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE:
• A White House official says Trump advisers and U.S. energy company representatives plan to promote wider use of fossil fuels at a global meeting on climate change this week. (Reuters)
An alliance of states, cities, businesses and universities says it is committed to combating climate change, but will still need some help at the federal level to reach the goals of the Paris climate accord. (New York Times, Associated Press)
• The Virginia DEQ will present the state’s new climate plan to reduce carbon emissions and join a regional greenhouse gas trading initiative now that its Democratic candidate was elected governor. (Utility Dive)
• After a three-year plateau, worldwide industrial CO2 emissions are projected to reach record highs this year. (New York Times)

WIND: Vermont clean energy advocates say new rules to limit noise from turbines will “have a chilling effect on wind energy” in the state, while opponent insists noise levels are still too high. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Two years after its creation, a Virginia solar authority aimed at encouraging small-scale systems remains unfunded and has little to show for its work. (Southeast Energy News)

STORAGE: A new project in Texas will pair a 2-megawatt lithium-ion battery system with wind power. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• A bill calling for at least two major lease sales in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would generate $2 billion in oil and gas royalties over the next decade, according to Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. (Associated Press)
• An analysis explains why much of an $84 billion shale gas deal between West Virginia and China will probably never materialize. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: The Department of Justice says it will prosecute protesters who damage pipelines and other energy infrastructure, saying such acts can put lives at risk, cost taxpayers millions of dollars and threaten the environment. (Reuters)

COAL:
• With support from the Trump administration, a coal company is inching closer to reopening a mine in Washington state. (Seattle Times)
• A study funded by coal giant Peabody Energy claims shutting down Arizona’s massive Navajo Generating Station could cause blackouts from Phoenix to Los Angeles. (Washington Examiner)
• Long-term prospects are still bleak for the U.S. coal industry one year after President Trump was elected on a promise to revive it. (Reuters)
• Many West Virginians continue to be frustrated by a federal study that was supposed to provide a review of the possible health effects of surface mining on communities. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
• Georgia Power’s CEO says delays and budget overruns at the Vogtle nuclear plant are not the company’s fault, as state regulators consider the utility’s new budget and schedule. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WABE)
• South Carolina’s House speaker is proposing to “gut existing laws” that allowed utilities to charge customers before the now-failed Summer nuclear project was complete. (Associated Press)

GRID: With Puerto Rico’s electric grid devastated from Hurricane Maria, solar companies, the fossil-fuel industry and others are competing to shape the island’s electric future. (Scientific American, Quartz)

COMMENTARY:
• If Hawaii can make solar plus storage work economically, it will set an example for the rest of the world, says a writer for The Motley Fool.
• Imposing tariffs on imported solar panels would be “a grave mistake” that would hurt our national security, cost veterans their jobs and increase power bills, says a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant general. (Washington Post)
• It may not be possible to persuade conservatives on climate change. (Vox)

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