U.S. allies with Russia, Saudi Arabia at climate talks

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ALSO:
• New and recently re-elected Democratic governors plan a series of aggressive steps to address climate change and bolster renewables. (The Hill)
• As President Trump advocates for fossil fuels at the UN climate talks, the largest U.S. energy companies double down on renewables.

EPA: Coal rule change unlikely to spur new power plants

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• The Trump administration moves to eliminate an Obama-era requirement that new coal plants use expensive technology to capture carbon emissions. (NPR)
• An economic analysis by the EPA acknowledges that the rule change is unlikely to spur any new coal plant construction. (The Hill)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• The rural Midwest benefits more from clean energy jobs in wind, solar and energy efficiency than fossil fuels, a new report says.

Global emissions on track for new record in 2018

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WIND: Iowa regulators approve a 591 MW wind project for MidAmerican Energy, though clean energy groups hoped the plan would address closing some of the utility’s coal fleet. (Energy News Network)

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Xcel Energy pledges to go carbon-free by 2050

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ALSO:
• Xcel’s announcement Tuesday in Denver may have also revived a long debate over the viability of carbon capture technology. (Energy News Network)
• Ohio consumer advocates say a proposed deal with state regulators involving FirstEnergy earnings is “contributing to the electric utilities’ subsidy culture” to the detriment of ratepayers.

‘Clean coal’ pollution regularly exceeds conventional power plants

COAL: U.S. power plants that burned refined “clean coal” underperformed the rest of the industry in reducing nitrogen oxide emissions, an analysis finds. (Reuters)

COAL ASH: Dozens of plaintiffs must link their illness or death to coal ash exposure during the cleanup of TVA’s 2008 Kingston coal ash spill after a jury found the contracting company guilty of failing to protect them. (InsideClimate News)

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POLITICS:
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a staunch backer of the coal industry, is poised to lead the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (Bloomberg)
• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is fueling speculation he’ll run for president on a climate change focused platform.