In the news today and from the weekend…
- Energy News Network reports Minnesota utilities say they are prioritizing landowner and community engagement along the route of a planned 180-mile, $970 million transmission line that will eventually connect central and northern Minnesota.
- E&E Energywire reports the head of the globe’s top coal industry group is on a quest to prove that 100 percent renewable energy “doesn’t work.” This week, she’s bringing that message to Washington.
- Argus reports eastern US railroad Norfolk Southern (NS) expects coal volume to rise in the back half of 2023 as strength in export markets offsets weaker utility demand.
- Reuters reports the White House Council on Environmental Quality proposed revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act aimed at accelerating permitting for new clean energy projects. The council said the proposal, which is aimed at encouraging more “programmatic” environmental reviews of multiple projects rather than individual ones, would build on permitting reforms included in Congress’ debt-ceiling deal.
- E&E Energywire reports the Biden administration’s latest effort to speed up environmental reviews for clean energy projects appears designed to weather the legal challenges it will likely attract, analysts say.
- Argus reports clean energy and other infrastructure projects could finish federal permitting at a faster pace, with a greater focus on climate effects, under a proposal to overhaul environmental reviews.
- E&E Climatewire reports the U.S. is waging a global charm offensive to obtain the minerals it needs to replace fossil fuels with cleaner energy. Its latest target is a resource-rich country wedged between China and Russia, two U.S. adversaries.
- Cowboy State Daily reports the U.S. Senate passes an amendment aimed at increasing domestic advanced nuclear reactor fuel production and jumpstarting uranium mining in Utah and Wyoming.