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July 7, 2020

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The Next Energy Battle: Renewables vs. Natural Gas

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-07-06 15:07:30

For years, environmental activists and liberal policymakers fought to force utilities to reduce coal use to curb emissions and climate change. As the use of coal fades, the battle lines are rapidly shifting, with the proponents of a carbon-free grid facing off against those who champion natural gas, an abundant fuel that produces about half the greenhouse gas emissions that burning coal does. Coal plants supply less than 20 percent of the country’s electricity, down from about half a decade ago. Over that same time, the share from natural gas has doubled to about 40 percent. Renewable energy has also more than doubled to about 20 percent, and nuclear plants have been relatively steady at around 20 percent. [ read more … ]

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Decision to kill Atlantic Coast project upends natural gas

By Carlos Anchondo, Kristi E. Swartz and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-07-06 15:09:32

Six years after the massive Atlantic Coast pipeline was announced, its developers are calling it quits. Energy companies Dominion Energy Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. said yesterday they are canceling the multistate natural gas pipeline after a series of legal challenges that brought the project all the way to the Supreme Court. Dominion and Duke said “ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty” contributed to their killing the $8 billion project, which would have traveled from West Virginia across Virginia and into North Carolina [ read more … ]

Companies Cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline After Years of Delays

By Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-07-06 15:10:01

The builders of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are pulling the plug on the project as companies continue to meet mounting environmental opposition to new fossil-fuel conduits. Duke Energy Corp. and Dominion Energy Inc. said Sunday they were abandoning the proposed $8 billion pipeline—which aimed to carry natural gas 600 miles through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina and underneath the Appalachian Trail—citing continued regulatory delays and uncertainty, even after a favorable Supreme Court ruling last month. [ read more … ]


Germany becomes first major economy to plan phase-out of both coal and nuclear energy

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-07-06 15:08:12

German lawmakers have finalized the country’s long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn’t ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayer money. Bills approved by both houses of the German parliament Friday envision shutting down the last coal-fired power plant by 2038 and spending about 40 billion euros ($45 billion) to help affected regions cope with the transition. [ read more … ]

Japan aims to shut down 100 inefficient coal plants within decade

By Japan Times  •    •  Posted 2020-07-06 15:08:37

Japan will close the majority of its aging coal-fired power plants over the next decade as it looks to cut down on carbon emissions and shift toward using more renewable energy, government sources said Thursday. Resource-poor Japan relies on coal for about a third of its energy needs. Of the 140 coal-fired generators in the country, 114 are older and considered to be low efficiency. The government aims to take about 100 of them offline in stages by fiscal 2030. [ read more … ]


Chatterjee, Glick press Congress after pipeline court ruling

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-07-06 15:08:56

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee (R) joined the agency’s lone Democratic commissioner, Richard Glick, in urging Congress on Friday to take additional action following a watershed court ruling last week. The ruling cleared a long-standing obstacle to landowners’ timely legal challenges in pipeline cases. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit barred FERC’s use of “tolling orders” to delay challenges, restoring a 30-day deadline for the agency to respond to landowners who object to its decisions by requesting a rehearing. [ read more … ]

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