June 25, 2018

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  • In surprising decisions that could dramatically speed up the expansion of the nation’s biggest current energy storage technology, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has quietly reversed past rulings and found that three closed-loop pumped...
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is underestimating methane leaks from natural gas and oil facilities by 60 percent, and the higher releases of the potent greenhouse gas significantly diminish the climate-change benefits of switching from coal to...
  • In a ruling that promises to reduce competition to build grid projects across the country, a federal judge Thursday backed a Minnesota law giving “incumbent” utilities rights of first refusal to build new grid projects, rejecting complaints from a...
  • In a move that may force senators to vote on the Trump administration’s controversial effort to aid coal and nuclear plants, four Senate Democrats have offered an amendment to the Energy Department’s fiscal 2019 funding bill that would bar the agency...
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit Thursday placed a stay on construction of portions of EQT’s controversial Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline in West Virginia while the court considers environmental groups’ challenges to the U.S. Army...
  • Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan last week named Jason Stanek, senior counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s energy subcommittee, as the new chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission.Stanek has served since 2017 as lead GOP...
  • In a surprisingly emphatic rollback of a key clean energy policy advanced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York Assembly voted by a wide margin last week to shelve for three years a new valuation scheme for distributed energy resources that lawmakers...
  • Following a year and a half of negotiations, the European Parliament and the European Council last week reached an agreement to increase the European Union’s non-binding target for renewable energy use by 5.5 percent, calling for member states to...
  • Despite their leadership in curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the New England states and New York must drastically ramp up their efforts in order to meet the reduction goals they’ve set for later in the century, with the biggest leaps needed in...