White House releases plan for undoing environmental regulations

REGULATION: The Trump administration releases its government-wide regulatory agenda, which outlines the withdrawal and reconsideration of hundreds of Obama-era environmental actions. (The Hill, ThinkProgress)

POLLUTION:
• Environmental groups file a lawsuit against the EPA to force Texas to toughen the air pollution permits it issues to oil refineries and power plants. (Texas Tribune)
• A new study by Louisiana State shows crude oil from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill is buried in wetland soil and remains nearly as toxic as the day of the disaster. (Times-Picayune)

COAL:
• Weak coal ash regulations give utilities the option to dump the toxic substance in landfills and old mines, and the problem is likely to get worse under the Trump administration. (Mother Jones)
• Water wells near a Tennessee coal plant don’t contain detectable levels of toxins, according to tests conducted by an independent lab.

House approves bill to streamline pipeline permits

PIPELINES: House lawmakers approve a bill to streamline the federal permitting process for oil and natural gas pipelines. (The Hill)

ALSO:
• A Pennsylvania senator wants Sunoco to stop work on its Mariner East 2 pipeline, saying the company failed to properly inform some homeowners of the project before work began. (Philadelphia Business Journal)
• A group fighting the Keystone XL pipeline says it will appeal a judge’s ruling upholding regulators’ decision allowing it to move through South Dakota. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• The head of the Coast Guard says the country isn’t equipped to clean up oil spills in the remote Arctic areas where Congress wants to open up drilling. (E&E News)
• California officials say the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, where the largest methane leak in U.S. history occurred in 2015, can resume operations at a reduced capacity.

House votes to delay Obama-era smog reductions

REGULATION: House lawmakers pass a bill delaying the implementation of Obama-era smog reductions and switch EPA mandated reviews from every five years to every 10 years. (Associated Press)

CAP-AND-TRADE: California’s decision to extend its cap-and-trade program is a win for cleantech companies and will provide direct revenue to state programs. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE: A climate change lawsuit filed by 21 youths against the federal government is scientifically sound, according to a report by a former NASA scientist. (ThinkProgress)

UTILITIES: An official’s recommendation to reject a proposed 100 percent renewable energy offering by Appalachian Power Co. is heightening the debate over clean energy options in Virginia. (Southeast Energy News)

GRID:
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he is “breathlessly waiting” to see a DOE electric grid reliability study after a draft copy was leaked to reporters last week.

California lawmakers vote to extend cap-and-trade program

CAP-AND-TRADE: California lawmakers vote to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program until 2030 with bipartisan support from eight Republicans. (Los Angeles Times)

CLIMATE: Three California municipalities file lawsuits against 37 of the world’s top fossil fuel companies, saying they should pay for damages caused by climate change. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Shrinking cash incentives for solar in Oregon are likely to coincide with the expiration of a $6,000 residential solar tax credit. (Portland Business Journal)
• Tesla CEO Elon Musk tells a meeting of governors his plan for powering the country entirely with solar, saying “you only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States.” (Inverse)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Oil producers and researchers are forecasting the dramatic adoption of EVs due to falling battery costs, but automakers are less optimistic.

Leaked DOE grid study says renewables aren’t major threat

GRID: A leaked draft of the Department of Energy’s controversial grid study says renewables aren’t a major threat to grid reliability, but claims anti-coal policies have “destroyed jobs and economic growth.” (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLES:
• A bill that would require California to reach 100 percent renewable power by 2045 passed a key legislative committee last week. (ThinkProgress)
• Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory remain optimistic, despite the looming threat of budget cuts by the Trump administration. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• The eclipse next month could knock out over 9,000 megawatts of solar power, according to a recent analysis. (Bloomberg)
• Advocates say a provision in North Carolina’s energy bill could open the door to the state’s largest utility cutting net-metering rates.

Lawmakers push California energy storage bill to 2018

STORAGE: A California bill that would have funded a 10-year energy storage rebate program is taken off the legislative agenda for 2017. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: Financially troubled SolarWorld Americas receives a $6 million loan as it continues “to fight for fair trade in the U.S. market” alongside bankrupt solar manufacturer Suniva. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE:
• Greenhouse gas emissions rose faster in 2016 than they have in nearly three decades, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report, which ceased to mention a direct link between human activity and emissions. (New York Times)
• Some Republican lawmakers are taking aim at the Defense Department’s work on climate change, sparking worry among former military officials. (Washington Post, ThinkProgress)
• The House defeats an effort to strike a climate change amendment from the National Defense Authorization Act.

DOE awards $46 million in solar research grants

SOLAR: The Energy Department awards over $46 million in research grants to 48 projects working to improve solar energy technologies. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: The Department of Energy says it will start including output from residential solar systems in its monthly energy forecasts. (Houston Chronicle)

WIND: Appalachian Power says acquiring two wind farms should benefit the company thanks to tax credits and a reduced reliance on outside energy purchases. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

STORAGE: A new study by the University of Minnesota says adding more storage to the state’s grid would reduce the need for building new natural gas plants and accelerate the development of renewables. (Midwest Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle advocates are trying to convince Georgia lawmakers to reinstate a tax credit for the purchase of EVs.

Coalition of states, cities and businesses taking next step on Paris goals

CLIMATE: A coalition that includes 227 cities and counties, nine states and about 1,650 businesses and investors is expected to announce next steps today in upholding the Paris climate accord. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Democratic leaders’ latest proposal to extend California’s cap-and-trade system is causing angst on both sides of the political aisle. (Los Angeles Times)
• A debate over the merits of established climate science is in its “formative stages” at the EPA, and the agency will consider airing the event on television, according to EPA chief Scott Pruitt. (Reuters)
• “Maps will need to be redrawn” as one of the largest icebergs in recorded history breaks away from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf. (New York Times) 

SOLAR: Duke Energy Kentucky receives approval from state officials to build three new solar facilities.

Maine governor vetoes net-metering bill, again

SOLAR: In a blow to environmental groups and solar installers, Maine’s governor vetoes a bill for the second time that would have kept net-metering incentives in place. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO:
• The governor of Washington signs a bill extending financial incentives for solar. (Seattle Times)
• Environmental groups launch a crowdfunding campaign to build solar panels along the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Wisconsin Gazette)

STORAGE: Virginia-based AES is teaming up with Siemens to create a utility-scale energy storage company that will operate worldwide. (Greentech Media)

WIND: Dominion Energy says it will partner with a Danish company to build two wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach, which would be the second offshore wind farm in the U.S. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Troubled electric car start-up Faraday Future is abandoning plans to construct a $1 billion manufacturing plant in Nevada.

Utilities remain main roadblock to rooftop solar

SOLAR: How a lobbying campaign by utilities to kill residential solar incentives has held the industry back. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• A new online platform that seeks to be the Amazon.com of home solar will let customers design their own solar installations based on their rooftop and then project cost and energy savings. (Greentech Media)
• A 52-megawatt solar installation in Mississippi — the largest in the state — is now generating electricity. (Associated Press)

STORAGE: California-based Tesla wins a contract to build a record-breaking 100-megawatt energy storage system in South Australia. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Industry analysts say electric vehicle adaption may go mainstream sooner than anticipated.