Arizona coal plant receives approval to operate through 2019

COAL:
• The Navajo coal plant in Arizona, which was slated for closure this year, receives approval to stay online through 2019. (The Hill)
• The narrative that the Trump administration has ended the “war on coal” appears to be convincing many West Virginians. (New Republic)

POLICY: Experts say an obscure and “extremely problematic” provision in the Senate tax bill could end the principal financing mechanism that has fostered growth of the renewable energy sector. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• President Trump’s trade representative sends a letter asking the U.S. International Trade Commission for a report to help the president take “appropriate and feasible action” on proposed tariffs. (Bloomberg)
• New tariffs on imported solar panels could make it uneconomical for schools to install solar systems. (Greentech Media)
• Google’s Project Sunroof stops offering leads to certain companies on its partner platform and starts directing potential solar buyers to companies listed on Google’s main search pages instead.

Trump administration approves company’s request to drill in Arctic

OIL & GAS: The Trump administration approves an energy company’s application to drill oil exploration wells in the U.S. Arctic. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• After weighing more than 250,000 public comments, a Washington state energy panel unanimously votes to tell the governor to reject a massive oil-by-rail terminal proposed along the Columbia River. (Associated Press)
• After failing to win EPA approval to regulate its oil and gas wastewater wells, Idaho’s Department of Water Resources asks the agency to take over regulation. (Associated Press)
• A majority vote on the Republican tax reform bill is the only thing standing between drillers and Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Vox)
• A Southern California gas company may be unable to provide enough natural gas for its customers this winter due to three critical pipelines being out of service.

Texas wind power capacity surpasses coal

WIND: Texas wind power capacity has surpassed coal to become the second-largest electricity source in the state, with more than 20,000 megawatts installed. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR:
• With abundant sunshine and cheap vacant land, rural Arizona has become a prime location for utility co-ops to invest in solar power. (Arizona Republic)
• Groups are ramping up efforts to bring solar power to Puerto Rico, but cost and logistical barriers remain. (WNYC)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Buying an electric car is unrealistic for most California residents without a garage, but a surge of new charging infrastructure could make an impact. (San Francisco Chronicle)

COAL ASH:
• The North Carolina Utilities Commission has started its hearings to decide whether Duke Energy will be allowed to charge consumers billions of dollars for the full cost of its coal ash cleanup.

Study: Six-fold spike in Texas earthquakes is linked to oil and gas activity

OIL & GAS: Texas has seen a six-fold spike in earthquakes since companies began injecting wastewater from oil and gas wells underground, and the affected faults haven’t experienced seismic activity for 300 million years, according to a new study. (Scientific American, Washington Post)

ALSO:
• Advocates say Florida’s heavy reliance on natural gas has exposed utility customers to economic risk and market volatility, with hedging already costing Floridians at least $6.9 billion since 2006. (Southeast Energy News)
• A proposed oil-by-rail terminal in Washington state poses a risk of oil spills and train accidents, and “the consequences of the events could be severe,” according to an environmental study. (Associated Press)
• U.S. diplomats are demanding to see six oil executives from Houston-based Citgo, who were jailed in Venezuela for alleged embezzlement. (Associated Press)
• ExxonMobil and several other energy firms sign an agreement to crack down on methane emissions from the natural gas sector.

Survey: Most Americans want to phase out coal and increase renewables

NOTE TO READERS: U.S. Energy News is taking a break for Thanksgiving. We’ll return on Monday, November 27. RENEWABLES: Over 75 percent of Americans want to phase out coal power and believe the U.S. should be ambitious about producing clean energy, according to the largest-ever global survey on renewable energy. (Vox)

WIND:
• Advocates are hopeful that the Senate version of a tax overhaul bill will succeed at preserving wind energy credits, which are under threat in the House. (Utility Dive)
• A proposed wind energy project in eastern New Mexico is drawing opposition from conservationists and staff at the state’s utility regulation commission.

Cleanup of Keystone pipeline spill is expected to take weeks

PIPELINES: Cleanup of the 210,000-gallon Keystone pipeline spill is expected to last several weeks, and additional crews and equipment continue to be dispatched to the site. (Watertown Public Opinion, Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Protesters gather at the Nebraska capitol over the weekend before state regulators are expected to issue a ruling today on the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)
• The U.S. Forest Service will permit the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline to be built through two national forests. (Daily Progress)

OIL & GAS:
• Housing developers are clashing with oil and gas producers over the use of land outside of Denver. (Denver Post)
• A roundup of the top 20 onshore oil and gas spills in the U.S. since 2010. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• An executive at a coal-fired power plant in Montana says the facility may shut down if the owners can’t find a buyer next year, saying the financial losses “are no longer sustainable.”

Washington state joins 19 countries in pledge to phase out coal

COAL: Washington state joins 19 countries in a pledge to phase out coal for electricity generation. (The Hill)

ALSO:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority’s CEO says it would cost $900 million and take 24 years to comply with a court order to move its coal ash, though some question whether these estimates are too high. (Associated Press)
• Residents are pushing for the early shutdown of an 80-year-old coal-fired plant in Colorado Springs. (Denver Post)

PIPELINES:
• TransCanada shuts down the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota after it leaks 210,000 gallons of oil, just days before Nebraska regulators are expected to release a decision on the company’s Keystone XL project. (Associated Press, InsideClimate News)
• Opponents of Keystone XL were already in the midst of a last-minute push to urge Nebraska regulators to reject a proposed route for the project, with one group saying the spill “should be a stark warning.” (Reuters, NRDC)
• The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes continue to push for stronger water protections and spill response plans for the Dakota Access pipeline.

FERC floats interim plan to boost coal and nuclear plants

POWER PLANTS: FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee provides details of an interim plan to help coal and nuclear plants while the commission considers a controversial DOE rule to subsidize the energy sources. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: Critics of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to boost coal and nuclear energy sources are ready to file legal challenges should FERC adopt some version of the proposal. (E&E News)

BIOFUELS: A federal biofuels policy is contributing to climate change by encouraging farmers to turn wetlands and forests into cropland for biofuels production, according to a new study by scientists from the University of Wisconsin. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• Sunrun will surpass SolarCity as the country’s top residential solar lease provider by the end of the year, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)
• A Virginia electric cooperative is working to inform members of proposed rate increases as part of a settlement with the Sierra Club, which said the co-op failed to be transparent as well as disregarded the impact on its customers.

Report: U.S. set to become net exporter of oil and gas within 10 years

OIL & GAS: A boom in shale production will make the U.S. a net exporter of oil and gas within 10 years, causing major upheaval to the global energy market, according to the International Energy Agency. (The Guardian, New York Times)

ALSO:
• African Americans are disproportionately affected by pollution from the oil and gas industry, with more than a million people living within half a mile of an oil and gas operation, according to a new report. (Reuters, Mother Jones)
• British primatologist Jane Goodall asks U.S. senators to protect Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas drilling, saying it will have a “devastating impact for the Gwich‘in people” who depend on caribou herds. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• Nebraska officials are expected to rule next week on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route through the state. (Associated Press)
• A lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeks to stop work on the Nexus pipeline, which is slated to run across northern Ohio and into Michigan and Canada. (Associated Press)
• Dozens of groups and individuals are challenging FERC’s approval of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines, asking the commission to revisit seemingly every aspect of the orders approving the projects.

Protesters ridicule Trump team for promoting fossil fuels at climate talks

CLIMATE: A Trump administration presentation in support of fossil fuels and nuclear energy is delayed and mocked by demonstrators at a U.N. climate conference in Germany. (New York Times)

POLICY:
• Evidence is mounting that a controversial Department of Energy proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear plants was taken from an industry playbook, with coal company CEO Robert Murray wielding particular influence. (Greentech Media)
• Attendees of an “America first” energy conference in Houston say the Trump administration hasn’t done enough to reverse federal climate policies and regulations. (Washington Post)

ADVOCACY: Inspired by actions in Portland, towns in the Pacific Northwest are trying to adopt zoning codes that prohibit the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure. (ThinkProgress)

SOLAR:
• By integrating battery storage into its business strategy, Sunrun is one of the few residential solar installers that’s both expanding and turning a profit.