Study: Bitcoin’s carbon footprint rivals Las Vegas

EMISSIONS: A study finds that Bitcoin consumes electricity comparable to a city the size of Las Vegas, and is responsible for more than 20 million billion tons of carbon emissions annually. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION:
• A coalition led by utilities and clean energy advocates seeks to cut transportation emissions 50% by 2050. (Utility Dive)
• A plan to repave a popular commuter shortcut in St. Paul, Minnesota, symbolizes the challenges cities face in meeting climate goals while still accommodating drivers. (Energy News Network)

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Analysis warns of hidden costs of new gas pipelines

PIPELINES: An analysis by an advocacy group calculates that long-term environmental and social costs for two natural gas pipelines in Pennsylvania could run as high as $2.4 billion. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO:
• A Massachusetts congressman urges the state to restart the permitting process for a proposed compressor station, calling an agency’s mishandling of data “egregious.” (Patriot Ledger)
• An upstate New York community votes to oppose a proposed gas pipeline under the Hudson River. (Albany Times Union)

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TRANSMISSION: The Maine House fails to override Gov. Janet Mills’ vetoes of bills targeting the Clean Energy Connect transmission line. (Portland Press Herald)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A group of clean energy bills approved in Maine shows a stark turnaround from the days of former Gov. Paul LePage.

Facebook off the hook for New Mexico power line

TRANSMISSION: New Mexico regulators defer a decision on whether Facebook should pay for half of a new transmission line, allowing a state utility to reapply for a rate increase after walking back its executive’s comments that the data company would be the primary beneficiary of the project. (Albuquerque Journal)

CLIMATE: A bill to establish a cap-and-trade program in Oregon advances to the state House, despite opposition from loggers and other industrial groups. (Oregonian, Associated Press)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: California’s Monterey Bay area, which already gets 100% of its energy from renewable sources, is working on a plan to reduce the share of hydropower in the mix. (Monterey County Weekly)

OIL AND GAS:
• Environmental groups are stepping up legal attacks on fossil fuel leases on federal land.

Bloomberg backs campaign to close every coal-fired power plant

COAL: Michael Bloomberg will donate $500 million to a new campaign to close every coal-fired power plant and halt the growth of natural gas. (New York Times)

ALSO: The head of the national coal miners’ union urges the Trump administration to regulate silica dust in mines, which researchers think is causing a resurgence of black lung disease in central Appalachia. (Reuters)

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SOLAR:
• California’s largest utility installed more solar than any other utility in the country last year, according to a new industry report. (Solar Power World)
• Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a net metering bill casts a cloud over New Hampshire’s solar growth, advocates say.

Trump seeks to limit projections of climate impacts

CLIMATE: The Trump administration is planning further rollbacks of U.S. climate policy, as well as limiting federal projections of impacts to 2040, which one researcher calls “a pretty blatant attempt to politicize the science.” (New York Times)

ALSO:
• A new study says lobbying against climate policy has resulted in $60 billion in social costs in the U.S. (Carbon Brief)
• Advocates are skeptical of the oil industry’s newfound interest in carbon pricing. (Pacific Standard)

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RENEWABLES: A startup company hopes to transform Colorado’s energy supply by financing the early retirement of coal plants and replacing them with lower-cost renewables. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
• It’s unclear whether Ohio Republicans have enough votes to pass a nuclear power plant bailout bill, which also includes subsidies for coal plants, that’s headed to a House floor vote as soon as this week. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
• The International Energy Agency warns a steep decline in nuclear power could threaten global climate goals.