Western Communities Try to Chart New Economic Paths as Coal Declines

“We decided that a win is growing basically one job at a time,” says one economic development official.

Solar Power More Than Doubled in Many Cities, Report Finds

Los Angeles topped the list of cities leading in solar power installation.

Trump Order Puts State Power Over Pipeline Approvals in Crosshairs

The president charges that there’s “state level abuse” with a certain Clean Water Act certification needed for natural gas pipelines and other energy projects.

Climate Change Warming Great Lakes Region Faster, a New Report Says

Experts say accelerating renewable energy development, energy efficiency programs and electric vehicle adoption is critical in the Midwest.

There Really, Really Isn’t a Silver Bullet for Climate Change

Nuclear power might be part of a Green New Deal, but it can’t meet all U.S. energy needs.

USDA Invests $122 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure

More than 6,200 customers over five states will benefit and part of the funds will go to smart grid tech.

States Consider Surge Pricing for Power

Will higher prices at peak times—like after the work day—prompt consumers to change their habits?

California Warms to Solar Homes; Other States May Give a Cold Shoulder

As of 2020, all new homes in California will need to be connected to solar power, such as having panels preinstalled.

A Regional Push to Clean Up Cars, Trucks and Mass Transit

Power plant emissions have fallen in the northeast. Could a new coalition do the same for transportation?

Plan to Dumb-Down the Power Grid In Name of Cybersecurity Passes Senate

The bill would establish and fund a public-private partnership to look at retro, analog options for securing the nation’s electric grid from digital threats.

The Trump Administration’s Solar Tariffs Haven’t Stopped America’s Switch To Solar

The number of utility-scale solar projects being built in the U.S. has “exploded."

California Utilities Feel Heat as State Burns

Fire investigators continue to look at the possible role power equipment may have played in starting the state’s deadliest wildfire on record.

Environmentalists Say the Time to Act on Climate Is Now. Voters Aren’t So Sure.

Environmentalists say the state level still might be the best place to seek changes, though not necessarily at the ballot box, where the energy industry remains a fierce and well-funded foe.

Floating Solar Panels Are Coming to Colorado Towns

The energy-saving solution can be used by water treatment and wastewater facilities.

N.Y. Attorney General Sues ExxonMobil

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Maui may boost Airbnb fines in a big way … feds audit Ohio Medicaid program … and Boston sees an increase in shootings.