US Energy News 7-7-23


U.S. Energy News is one of five regional services published by the Energy News Network. Today’s edition was compiled by Kathryn Krawczyk.



HYDROGEN: The U.S. Energy Department launches a $1 billion program to convince burgeoning clean hydrogen manufacturers there’s a market for their product and combat fears about the fuel’s viability and cost. (E&E News) 


WIND: Federal officials approve what is slated to be the largest offshore wind farm in the country, a 1.1 GW project near Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Quartz)


CLEAN ENERGY: Clean energy jobs are growing faster than the workforce with skills needed to fill them, leading companies to train new employees on the job and schools to step up clean energy jobs  training. (Wall Street Journal)


ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The U.S. will need to invest as much as $127 billion to build out chargers for an estimated 30-42 million electric vehicles predicted to be on the road by 2030, a National Renewable Energy Laboratory report finds. (Utility Dive)


• Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Willie Phillips says the U.S.’s natural gas system needs an oversight body that monitors reliability, citing increasing weather disruptions. (Canary Media)
• The founder of an oil and gas company discusses how its plan to build a gas facility in Louisiana played a key role in the national shift from importing to exporting natural gas. (NPR)


• President Biden plans to highlight more than $500 million in clean energy and manufacturing investments made during his administration during a visit to South Carolina today. (The Hill)
Last-minute changes to Ohio’s massive budget bill will allow gas companies to bill ratepayers for hydrogen infrastructure, and establish a nuclear development authority that has failed to pass the legislature three times. (Energy News Network)


• Two Democratic lawmakers introduce a bill that would require Medicare to fully cover the costs of solar batteries, heat pumps and other equipment that medically vulnerable people may need to survive during climate disasters. (The Hill)
• Climate and agricultural models are vastly underestimating how warming temperatures will reduce crop yields and drive global food insecurity, a new study finds. (Axios)


TRANSPORTATION: A new analysis makes a case for zoning reforms that will let developers build housing and businesses closer together, encouraging shorter trips and reducing carbon emissions. (Axios)


UTILITIES: Consumer and environmental groups urge Illinois regulators to pursue “restorative justice” in a Peoples Gas rate case to address alleged environmental racism in the utility’s record of customer disconnections. (Energy News Network)


SOLAR: Duke Energy announces it will sell its rooftop solar business to a Boston-based firm as it shifts its focus to its regulated utilities. (WFAE)


GRID: Republican U.S. senators press federal regulators to hold meetings on how the EPA’s proposal to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from power plants might affect grid reliability. (Utility Dive)


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