The Washington Post – Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has taken world markets by storm, may already be driving greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of a midsize country.
Reuters – California and 18 other states said they would sue to stop a Trump administration proposal to weaken Obama-era federal fuel efficiency standards.
Reuters – The Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator said he would follow up the work of his predecessor to overhaul the nation’s biofuel policy, including pursuing changes strongly opposed by the powerful corn lobby like counting ethanol exports toward annual biofuels quotas.
Power – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has ordered the North American Electric Reliability Corp. to broaden its Critical Infrastructure Protection reliability standards to include mandatory reporting of cybersecurity incidents that could harm the bulk electric system.
Bloomberg – The Trump administration will seek to revoke California’s authority to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions -- including its mandate for electric-car sales -- in a proposed revision of Obama-era standards.
Science – President Donald Trump’s administration wants a lawyer and energy investor to take over the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in Washington, D.C.
Reuters – A decade of inaction by the Republican Party on climate legislation will end next week when one its own offers a carbon tax bill, which is sure to fail in the House of Representatives.
Energy News Network – From new charges and restrictions to buy-all/sell-all models, Northeast states look to upend net metering.
Utility Dive – Rising electricity demand could lead to sustained absolute growth of 80 terawatt-hours per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Reuters – The plan would have boosted the renewable fuel blending obligation for the refining industry to 11.76 percent from 10.88 percent to offset volumes lost under the small refinery hardship waiver program.
The Blade – A broad coalition of 75 industry, government, and military dignitaries has come out in support of President Trump’s plan to bail out the nation’s nuclear plants, agreeing that more premature closures pose a national security threat.
Utility Dive – The third Republican commissioner on the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission surprised the energy industry by announcing his imminent departure.