Legislation in Congress could threaten offshore wind

WIND: Offshore wind proponents say proposed federal legislation requiring the military to conduct studies of “potential national security concerns” related to wind turbines is “duplicative” and could hold back development. (E&E News)

ALSO: Three Massachusetts utilities have issued a second round of requests for offshore wind proposals. (Cape Cod Times)

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SOLAR:
• A Maine brewery hopes to expand its solar array to produce more energy than the facility consumes by 2030. (Times Record)
• New Hampshire lawmakers pass a bill requiring utilities to develop at least two solar projects a year benefiting low-income customers.

Documents show Trump administration misled on biofuel waivers

BIOFUELS: Documents reveal the Trump administration granted biofuel waivers to oil refiners months before a court decision it has used to justify the practice. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• New York regulators yesterday denied a water quality permit to a proposed undersea natural gas pipeline that would have connected New Jersey to Long Island. (New York Times)
• Video footage is released of damage to the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac following an anchor strike in April 2018. (Detroit Free Press)

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UTILITIES: California fire investigators have determined that transmission lines owned and operated by PG&E were responsible for starting the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history.

Are there enough ships for the offshore wind boom?

WIND: Only a dozen ships worldwide are large enough to erect offshore wind turbines, foreshadowing a shortage as project capacity is expected to increase seven-fold by 2030. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• The Vineyard Wind project is granted a key permit to connect to the grid. (Cape Cod Times)
• Three educational institutions across Massachusetts will receive $720,000 in grants to create six offshore wind workforce training programs. (Standard-Times)
• A 340 MW wind farm in western New York has filed its application with state siting officials, starting a year-long review process. (Evening Tribune)

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CLIMATE: A Maine city is developing a plan to be completely carbon-neutral by 2045.

‘Keep it in the ground’ becomes 2020 campaign issue

POLITICS: Calls to stop extracting fossil fuels from public land have gone from fringe advocacy to a mainstream policy position in the 2020 presidential campaign. (E&E News)

ALSO: Whether or not Virginia joins a regional carbon cap-and-trade initiative could hinge on whether Democrats can flip the state legislature next year. (E&E News)

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RENEWABLES: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign legislation into law today putting the state on a path toward 100 percent clean energy by 2045. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

SOLAR:
• A mediation process unique to Virginia helps improve solar’s prospects in the state as stakeholders compromise on draft legislation.

Los Angeles, Pennsylvania roll out climate plans

CLIMATE: The mayor of Los Angeles unveils a “Green New Deal” for the city that includes phasing out gas-powered cars by the 2030s. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf unveils a climate action plan that calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Time is running out for a handful of climate bills backed by Colorado’s largest utility. (Denver Business Journal)

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