U.S. Energy News

Utility announces closure plans for giant coal plant in Texas

COAL:
• An 1,800-megawatt coal-fired plant in Texas will close permanently in 2018. (Houston Chronicle)
• Up to 30 workers at an underground coal mine in Montana could run out of work by the end of the month due to a judge’s ruling, as Signal Peak Energy fights to appeal the order. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• An Alaskan senator may use drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a bargaining chip for tax reform. (Vox)
• Oil companies are working to restore operations after Hurricane Nate. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES:
• An environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline is going to take longer than expected, with a completion date in April 2018. (Associated Press)
• Two men who shut down the Keystone pipeline to show solidarity with Dakota Access pipeline opponents are convicted by a jury on criminal charges. (Forum News Service)
• TransCanada is withdrawing its application to build a pipeline to carry oil from northwestern North Dakota into Canada. (Associated Press)
• An energy company wants federal approval to build a 110-mile pipeline in eastern Montana to transport CO2 for use in oil production. (Associated Press)

POLLUTION: In North Dakota, a truck spills more than 4,600 gallons of oilfield wastewater, and an unspecified amount flowed into a nearby drainage and wetland. (Associated Press)

REGULATION:
• EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt confirms that the Trump administration is scrapping the Clean Power Plan, and a draft of the proposal shows it may not be replaced. (Phoenix Business Journal, Reuters)
• The Trump administration may replace the Clean Power Plan with a modest, facility-focused rule. (Bloomberg)

WIND:
• A wind energy boom in Nebraska is sparking resistance from rural landowners and lawmakers. (Associated Press)
• A 150-megawatt wind project is planned in southeast North Dakota. (Forum News Service)

HYDRO: FERC issues licenses for two hydroelectric power projects despite concerns raised by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, which plans to challenge the decision. (Dominion Post)

UTILITIES:
• California regulators will oppose a proposal for a controversial natural gas plant while they “consider feasible alternatives.” (Greentech Media)
• An investment firm made up of 16 global energy companies is giving large-scale energy expertise and helping utilities buy in to cleantech. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Tesla pushes the unveiling of its big rig truck to mid-November, as CEO Elon Musk says the company is “deep in production hell” for its Model 3 electric car. (Reuters, Los Angeles Times)
• An automotive supplier plans to invest $1 billion in its Tennessee facility to meet the growing demand for electric vehicle parts. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: While defending his plan to support coal and nuclear plants, Energy Secretary Rick Perry says “there is no free market in the energy industry.” (The Hill)

CARBON CAPTURE: Wyoming officials are working with California’s Center for Carbon Removal to solicit new research for capturing and recycling greenhouse gas emissions. (Associated Press)

GRID: FERC ends an inquiry into the need to modify cybersecurity standards for control centers used to monitor and control bulk electric system. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Economists say the Energy Department’s proposal to support coal plants without considering their negative impacts “is like subsidizing bacon because it contains vitamins.” (The Conversation)
• A California law that streamlines permitting for distributed energy storage could become a national model, according to state lawmakers and industry experts. (Greentech Media)

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