The Associated Press – North Carolina’s attorney general on Wednesday challenged regulators for allowing Duke Energy to start charging consumers hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up coal ash dumps and add a potential profit margin.
Scientific American / E&E News – Scott Pruitt suggested that US forests would offset potential carbon dioxide emissions released by burning wood for energy. But his controversial decision was rejected by critics as an unscientific step to help the forest industry.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, Exxon Mobil under investigation; the first wind turbine technician program for high school students starts in Texas; and GE plans to make largest wind turbine ever.
Pittsburgh Business Times – Beaver Valley Nuclear Operating Station, next to the site of the nation's first commercial nuclear power plant and a major employer in Beaver County, could close in 2021 under a plan announced late Wednesday by owners FirstEnergy Corp.
Inside Climate News – Just over two years after President Obama "permanently" withdrew areas of Alaska's Beaufort Sea to oil drilling, the Trump administration has proposed to resume leasing there in 2019.
The Daily Climate – The Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion that could have major ramifications for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the state: It states a company trespassed on a family's land by extracting natural gas from beneath their property while operating a fracking well next door.
Greentech Media – The US solar industry breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when Chinese-made solar cells and modules were not included on a list of products that could be subject to new Trump administration tariffs. Inverters were also absent.