Perry says he’s not resigning as reports tie him to Trump-Ukraine call

POLITICS: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says, contrary to news reports, he is not resigning, and he disputed reports linking him to President Trump’s Ukraine dealings and impeachment inquiry. (Greentech Media, Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
• A study says New England’s low carbon energy deployment falls short of the region’s shared climate goals to cut emissions 80% by 2050. (E&E News)
• A federal appeals court refuses to delay a Rhode Island climate lawsuit against major oil companies from proceeding in state court. (Bloomberg)
• A new report says California “has some hard truths to face” about meeting its climate goals, including dramatically reducing driving. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

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Big box retailers emerge as solar power leaders

SOLAR: Under pressure from customers, shareholders and employees, big box retailers are embracing solar power. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• A Virginia farming family is frustrated that its proposed solar project is facing high utility charges to connect to the grid. (Energy News Network)
• The Trump administration eliminates an exemption from solar tariffs for “bifacial” panels that absorb sunlight on both sides. (E&E News, subscription)

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry planning to resign

POLITICS: Energy Secretary Rick Perry is planning to resign in November, according to sources who also say the departure is unrelated to impeachment proceedings against the president. (Politico)

CLIMATE:
• The Trump administration removed language about climate change from an earlier draft of its plan to overrule California’s car emissions standards. (E&E News)
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order to begin the process to join a regional emissions cap-and-trade compact. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• A study commissioned by New York’s grid operator says a carbon tax would initially cost ratepayer a few dollars a month more and then lead to lower prices. (Albany Times Union)

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Trump may be backing down on car emissions fight

TRANSPORTATION: Sources close to the Trump administration say the president is likely to back off efforts to roll back vehicle emissions standards. (Axios)

ALSO:
• The White House has refused to meet with air pollution regulators on auto emissions, while taking meetings with industry groups. (E&E News)
• The EPA has missed a Sept. 30 deadline to establish new carbon emissions rules for airplanes. (E&E News, subscription) 

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Dark money group forms to defend natural gas

POLITICS: A new group backed by anonymous donors launches a campaign to protect the natural gas industry from what it calls “radical” policies to slow climate change. (Reuters)

ALSO: Evangelical leaders are ramping up pressure on Republican lawmakers to reduce U.S. reliance on fossil fuels. (Houston Chronicle)

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COAL:
• Six coal states pressure federal regulators to finish an inquiry into whether coal and nuclear plant retirements are threatening the electric grid, even though FERC already rejected a bid to bail out the plants.