Coastal states sue to block offshore oil exploration

NOTE TO READERS: Northeast Energy News is taking a break for the holidays. The daily digest will return on Wednesday, January 2. OFFSHORE DRILLING: Attorneys general from nine states sue the Trump administration to block seismic testing for oil and gas deposits off the East Coast. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS:
• With the release of a draft environmental study, the Trump administration is moving closer to opening an Alaskan wildlife refuge to drilling, possibly by the end of next year. (New York Times)
• After months of record output, Bakken oil production in North Dakota is expected to level off early next year.

How the Farm Bureau has helped push back on climate policy

NOTE TO READERS: Midwest Energy News is taking a break for the holidays. The daily digest will return on Wednesday, January 2. POLICY: The Farm Bureau is an often unnoticed ally in the oil industry’s fight against climate science and policy. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
• Wisconsin regulators approve two We Energies solar projects despite objections from renewable energy and consumer advocates. (State Journal)
• A 1 MW solar array is under construction near a northern Indiana township to help meet rising demand for renewable energy.

New Jersey utility seeks $900 million in nuclear subsidies

NUCLEAR: In a massive filing consisting of nearly 200 boxes of documents, a New Jersey utility files for $900 million in public subsidies to keep its nuclear units operating. (NJ Spotlight)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Massachusetts will begin shrinking electric vehicle rebates in an effort to stretch program dollars further. (Energy News Network)
• Maine announces plans for a string of high-speed electric vehicle charging stations from the state’s southern border to Quebec. (Portland Press Herald)

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WIND:
• After being rejected by New Jersey regulators for a third time, developers of a proposed offshore wind farm are coming back with bigger plans.

U.S. promotes fossil fuels at climate talks

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ALSO: Undeterred by the recent defeat of a proposed carbon tax, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils a package of legislation aimed at fighting climate change, including one measure to shift the state toward 100 percent clean energy by 2045. (Seattle Times)

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Effort to bury climate report not going as planned

CLIMATE: After an attempt by the Trump administration to bury a recent federal climate report backfires, a renewed effort to discredit climate scientists is emerging. (E&E News, InsideClimate News)

ALSO: A new poll finds that two-thirds of Republicans now acknowledge climate science. (Monmouth University)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration is expected to allow five companies to do seismic testing for oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.