Can we meet climate targets without the oil industry?

CLIMATE: An IEA report notes that oil industry support for clean energy amounted to just 0.8% of capital expenditures last year, and warns greater involvement will be needed to meet climate targets. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A new petrochemical plant in Louisiana will be one of the largest CO2 emitters in the country — equivalent to adding 2.6 million cars to the road — when it goes online in 2029. (E&E News)
• An appeals court dismisses a youth-led climate lawsuit against the federal government, saying “such relief is beyond our constitutional power. (New York Times)

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Massachusetts ‘in full-court press mode’ on transportation plan

TRANSPORTATION: Massachusetts officials say they remain fully committed to a regional cap-and-trade plan for transportation emissions as some governors hesitate. (Boston Globe)

ALSO: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy pledges to develop a long-term plan for transit in the state. (WFMZ)

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CLIMATE:
• Saying “it’s time to set our sights higher,” Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she will issue an executive order pledging the state to run on 100% renewable energy by 2030.

Colorado energy provider accelerates its shift away from coal

COAL: Under pressure from its members to cut emissions, the Tri-State Generation and Transmission cooperative announces it will close all of its coal facilities in Colorado and New Mexico by 2030, and will announce new renewable energy measures later this month. (Colorado Sun, Denver Post)

ALSO:
• Montana officials grant a temporary extension to a Navajo company to continue operating a coal mine it recently acquired. (Farmington Daily Times)
• The closure of an Arizona coal mine has left some Hopi and Navajo homes without a ready source of heat. (KNAU)

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Eversource to go carbon neutral, with an asterisk

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! UTILITIES: Eversource Energy pledges to make its operations carbon neutral by 2030, but it won’t affect the emissions from energy sold to customers. (Hartford Courant, New Hampshire Public Radio)

ALSO: Advocates say a Vermont utility’s new energy credit trading system doesn’t do enough to encourage new capacity. (VT Digger)

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Utility says Massachusetts solar logjam can begin moving

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! SOLAR: National Grid says 320 MW of solar projects in Massachusetts — part of a 1 GW interconnection backlog — can move forward without transmission improvements. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A 13 MW solar project backed by 7.5 MW of battery storage at JFK airport will be the largest solar array in New York City. (Bloomberg)
• A New Hampshire county is again considering tax exemptions for solar installations.