Oregon lawmakers flee state to avoid vote on climate bill

CLIMATE: Oregon’s governor dispatches state police to round up Republican senators who left the state to avoid voting on landmark cap-and-trade legislation. (The Oregonian)

ALSO:
• Multiple states plan to sue over the Trump administration’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan. (Utility Dive)
• A survey finds a majority of Americans think fossil fuel companies should pay for the damages caused by climate change. (Houston Chronicle)

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Legal fight over Trump power plant rule could hamstring future presidents

EPA: In unveiling its replacement of the Clean Power Plan, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, also a former coal lobbyist, says he expects new coal plants to open as a result. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• The rule depends largely on improving the efficiency of fossil fuel plants to reduce their carbon intensity. (Vox)
• The costs of the Affordable Clean Energy plan could exceed benefits by up to $980 million a year. (E&E News, subscription)
• If the Trump plan is ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court, it could limit the ability of future presidents to address climate change. (New York Times)

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EPA to unveil Clean Power Plan replacement

EMISSIONS: The EPA is expected to release its replacement for the Clean Power Plan today; analysts say the plan will do little to stop the decline of coal-fired power in the U.S. (Reuters, Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed the state join a regional carbon cap-and-trade compact as part of an overall emissions reduction plan. (Associated Press)
• An analysis finds that only a handful of countries have plans capable of preventing the worst impacts of climate change. (Reuters)
• Air quality in the United States is getting worse despite President Trump’s claims to the contrary. (Associated Press)

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GRID: Utilities raise concerns over a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would allow Wi-Fi devices to use part of the spectrum currently used for grid communications.

Falling solar prices cancel out Trump tariffs

SOLAR: An industry report projects strong growth for solar in the U.S., a turnaround from last year as module prices continue to fall. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Solar training initiatives for former prisoners are popping up around the country in places like California, where some non-profits are working to create clean energy opportunities for members of a marginalized community. (Energy News Network)
• Michigan solar installers say a new program that replaces net metering is already slowing demand from customers who say it’s difficult to calculate a payback period. (Michigan Radio)

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EFFICIENCY: Energy efficiency has had a major impact in reducing emissions, that could change under proposed Trump administration regulatory changes.

Landmark Oregon climate bill close to final vote

CLIMATE: Oregon is poised to pass one of the most progressive climate policies in the nation as legislation creating a cap-and-trade program moves closer to a final vote by lawmakers. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Courts are increasingly accepting the science of climate change in deliberating lawsuits seeking to hold companies accountable for emissions. (Undark)
• The International Energy Agency issued a report Friday touting the potential of hydrogen to reduce carbon emissions. (Bloomberg)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• A $1 billion clean energy bill in Massachusetts does not address climate change adequately because it fails to set priorities for start action, critics say.