House panel yanks Curbelo invite amid furor from top Democrats
Heather Caygle and Anthony Adragna, Politico
Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) on Friday officially rescinded the invitation to Curbelo — who was invited by Democrats and slated to testify about climate change — after facing widespread pressure throughout the caucus, including from leadership.
Biden camp disputes report on climate plan
Timothy Cama, E&E News
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is pushing back on a report today that he will pursue a “middle ground” on climate change policy, after progressives criticized such a strategy.
Biden’s 2020 Rivals Attack Him From the Left on Climate Change
Lisa Friedman, The New York Times
The criticisms are based on a yet-to-be-released plan outlined in a Reuters report in which one person advising Mr. Biden characterized the Democratic front-runner as seeking a “middle ground” on policies to reduce planet-warming emissions.
Rep. Grijalva: House panel considering subpoenas for Interior information
Anthony Adragna and Ben LeFebvre, Politico
Since taking control of the House, Democrats have complained that the Trump administration has refused to provide information needed for them to conduct oversight.
Crews address environmental threats flooding leaves behind
Donnelle Eller, The Associated Press
The remnants from record Missouri River flooding are heartbreaking, but Smith and Jeff Pritchard, another EPA coordinator, are hunting more dangerous debris — orphaned containers filled with industrial chemicals, pesticides, diesel fuel, oil and other potentially hazardous materials.
States fight Trump rollback of Obama lightbulb rules
Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill
Washington and Colorado passed bills this month designed to backstop the Obama-era standards if DOE proceeds to roll them back, and half a dozen other states are considering similar legislation. Vermont passed such a law as soon as President Trump was elected.
Newest Beto O’Rourke Hire Lobbied for Keystone Xl, Seaworld, and Private Prisons
Clio Chang, The Intercept
Beto O’Rourke’s Thursday hiring of Jeff Berman, a Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton veteran, is the latest step his presidential campaign has taken away from the insurgent energy of his Senate run and toward a more centrist and corporate strategic direction.
Oil and Natural Gas
Cleanup continuing in Houston Ship Channel after vessels collide and spill gas product
Carma Hassan, CNN
Ship and barge traffic is resuming in the Houston Ship Channel as cleanup efforts continue in the aftermath of a spill that sent thousands of barrels of gasoline blending product into the channel, officials said Sunday.
US LNG sector uncertainties continue as higher tariffs settle in
Maya Weber and Harry Weber, S&P Global Platts
The US LNG sector faces new market uncertainties after Washington followed through on threats to raise tariffs to 25% on $200 billion in Chinese goods and Beijing promised retaliation.
Occidental shareholders flex muscles after Anadarko deal controversy
Ed Crooks, Financial Times
Shareholders in Occidental Petroleum voted to lower the threshold for calling a special meeting, making it easier for discontented investors to organise opposition to the board in the wake of anger over the company’s $55bn deal to buy Anadarko.
Bar rises for shale takeovers as Chevron bows out of Anadarko fight
Jennifer Hiller, Reuters
Chevron Chief Executive Michael Wirth’s decision to opt out of a bidding war for Anadarko Petroleum Corp has raised the bar for deals, and dampened expectations that oil majors will drive a new wave of consolidation in U.S. shale.
Chevron to drill a wildcat in Mexico’s Cuenca Salina Basin in 2021
Daniel Rodriguez, S&P Global Platts
Chevron aims to drill its first deepwater well in Mexico in 2021, based on an exploration plan approved by the country’s National Hydrocarbon Commission. The US company has nine exploration targets in its Cuenca Salina Basin 023 block, awarded in Mexico’s auction Round 2.4 in 2018, the commission, known as CNH, said Thursday in a webcast session.
North Dakota to sue Washington state over oil train standard
Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
North Dakota is preparing to sue Washington state over a new Washington law requiring oil shipped by rail through that state to have more of its volatile gases removed, which supporters say would reduce the risk of explosive and potentially deadly derailments.
Enbridge to take bids for long-term contracted space on mainline system
Gene Laverty, S&P Global Platts
Enbridge is planning to take bids for contracted space on its Canadian mainline system, the largest pipeline network for crude shipments to the US, by mid-July as it seeks to shift to long-term commitments from a common carrier structure, the company said Friday.
Utilities and Infrastructure
NERC to analyze first potential cyberattack on US grid
HJ Mai, Utility Dive
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) told Utility Dive it will conduct a root cause analysis to determine what caused a utility to temporarily lose visibility to certain parts of its supervisory control and data acquisition system.
California May Go Dark This Summer, and Most Aren’t Ready
Mark Chediak and Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg
Some residents are turning to other power sources, a boon for home battery systems marketed by Sunrun Inc., Tesla Inc. and Vivint Solar Inc. But the numbers of those systems in use are relatively small when compared with PG&E’s 5.4 million customers.
Proposed offshore wind farm wins key Massachusetts permit
The Associated Press
The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board this week approved requests filed by Vineyard Wind for the construction and operation of the 84-turbine, 800-megawatt wind farm about 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard off the Massachusetts Coast.
Illinois might start charging $1,000 per year to own an electric vehicle: ‘It’s outrageous’
Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune
A proposed hike in Illinois’ annual registration fee for electric vehicles, from $17.50 to $1,000, is being called unfair by current EV owners, and a sales disincentive by manufacturers — just as the new technology is beginning to gain broader traction.
How the West Virginia coal industry changed federal endangered species policy
Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post
President Trump’s pro-coal stance is not surprising, but the documents offer a rare glimpse into how state and industry officials have tapped the president’s political appointees to advance their economic interests over the objections of the agency charged with protecting endangered wildlife — in this case, two crayfish species that help keep the state’s creeks and rivers healthy.
Cortez Masto to meet with DOE staff to establish briefing schedule on plutonium removal
Humberto Sanchez, The Nevada Independent
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto will meet with Department of Energy officials next week to establish a regular time for getting briefings on how the agency is complying with a promise to remove the secretly shipped plutonium being stored in the state.
Trump drags feet on climate treaty, and Republicans aren’t happy
Benjamin J. Hulac, Roll Call
It has the support of industry heavy-hitters, environmental advocates and a bipartisan cushion of votes in the Senate. But the Kigali Amendment, a global treaty to limit hydrofluorocarbons — highly potent greenhouse gases found in air conditioners, refrigerators, insulation and foam — is stuck.
Opinions, Editorials and Perspectives
The Guardian view on a Green New Deal: we need it now
The Editorial Board, The Guardian
The Green New Deal is probably the most fashionable policy in the English-speaking world. In Britain it is advocated by both Tory MPs and Jeremy Corbyn; while a non-partisan Canadian coalition of nearly 70 groups are backing such a scheme.
It’s time to invest in our nation’s infrastructure
Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio), Newark Advocate
Turn on the evening news, and you’re likely to see a story about Washington gridlock. I, too, was wary of this problem before being sworn into Congress last year.
Averting disasters with innovation: Utilities’ pressing need for predictive technology
Brien J. Sheahan et al., Utility Dive
We live in the age of big data. Utilities used to read customer meters 12 times per year in person.
What America’s swing voters think about climate change and energy
Amy Harder, Axios
Swing voters in three of America’s top battleground states want President Trump to do more on climate change, think the weather is getting weirder and don’t know much about the Green New Deal.
Actions to Limit Utility Cost and Rate Increases
California Public Utilities Commission
The 2019 report presents an opportunity to investigate, identify and examine underlying trends in utility costs and rates during a period of extensive energy industry transformation, and to illuminate the many policy choices and tradeoffs facing decision-makers that promote long-term affordability.