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.
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.
Utility Dive – The promise of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 841 as a vehicle to accelerate the growth of energy storage could be dimmed or at least slowed down by pushback from state and utility interests.
Energy News Network – Stakeholders debating how to spend North Carolina’s Volkswagen settlement money want to max out the amount it can spend on electric vehicle charging stations — a rare instance of agreement among often-warring political factions.
Reuters – The Trump administration rejected an Obama-era plan to make automobiles more fuel efficient, opening up a long process to weaken current standards and putting California and the federal government on a collision course over vehicle emissions.
Utility Dive – The California ISO's Board of Governors last week approved the grid operator's 2017-2018 Transmission Plan to maintain reliability, while canceling or modifying several previously approved projects to avoid $2.6 billion in future costs.