U.S. Energy News

Syria says it will join Paris accord, leaving U.S. as lone outlier

CLIMATE: Syria says it will join the Paris climate agreement, leaving the U.S. as the only U.N. country not participating. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• After pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, President Trump is currently not invited to a climate change summit in Paris next month, according to a French official. (Reuters)
• California will consider creating a common carbon market with the European Union to cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Los Angeles Times)

POLICY:
• A coalition of 20 energy groups and companies ask FERC to scrap a Department of Energy proposal to prop up coal and nuclear plants, saying supporters haven’t shown a legal justification for it. (The Hill)
• A new report outlines ways to make wholesale power markets more reliable without adopting a controversial DOE rule to subsidize coal and nuclear plants. (Utility Dive)
• Former FERC Chairman Norman Bay speaks out against the DOE proposal, saying it would be “a very big deal for markets” and only help coal and nuclear in the short term. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS:
• Four states, two industry groups and a Native American tribe ask an appeals court to reconsider a decision about an Obama-era rule that requires drilling companies to disclose what fracking chemicals they use on federal and tribal land. (Associated Press)
• Voters in Spokane, Washington, reject a proposal that would have fined coal and oil trains traveling through the city. (Spokesman-Review)

SOLAR:
• Oregon’s governor issues an executive order that requires new residential and commercial buildings to be “ready for the installation of solar panels” by 2020 and 2022, respectively. (Portland Business Journal) 
• The former CEO of residential solar installer Sungevity explains what he learned from the company falling into bankruptcy. (Greentech Media)
• As plans for commercial-scale solar projects increase in Michigan, local planners across the state are faced with land-use and zoning questions. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Agreements are reached to finance and build a 100 megawatt wind project in northwest Ohio, whose electricity will be sold to General Motors. (Paulding Progress)

STORAGE: Utilities across the country are now including energy storage in their long-term planning processes. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES: The growth of renewables has created uncertainty for power markets, but also presents opportunities, say researchers. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Researchers from the University of Michigan calculate which places are best and worst for EV emissions by analyzing the power grids of 141 countries, with the U.S. falling towards the middle. (Quartz)

NUCLEAR:
• A New York nuclear plant along Lake Ontario powered down over the weekend after several fuel rods were found leaking radiation, but a spokesperson says there’s no danger to the community. (Associated Press)
• Officials with Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant were questioned on Tuesday whether the project there was dealing with similar problems documented in an audit on the now-failed Summer nuclear project in South Carolina. (Post and Courier)
• The CEO of Georgia Power says completing the Vogtle nuclear expansion is the “best economic choice.” (Greentech Media)
• Duke Energy’s CEO said the utility does not want to invest in expanding the Summer nuclear plant. (Post and Courier)

COMMENTARY: Natural gas is a major contributor to grid resilience, not a vulnerability, says the president and CEO of the Natural Gas Supply Association. (The Hill)

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