Wyoming governor vetoes coal export lawsuit bill

COAL: Wyoming’s governor vetoes a bill that would have authorized the state to sue Washington over its rejection of a proposed coal export terminal, saying the state should have “a coherent approach” to the issue. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A major Wyoming coal producer reports a $718 million loss for 2018, prompting some to speculate the company may be be close to filing for bankruptcy. (Casper Star Tribune)

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POLITICS:
• Several clean energy measures make it past the legislative finish line in Utah including a $6.9 million electric vehicle investment, a carbon tax study and new measure giving communities more flexibility in achieving 100 percent renewable energy goals.

Oil industry stakes out its role in a changing climate

OIL & GAS: At a major energy conference in Houston, some oil and gas executives talked about climate change and clean energy, but others doubled down on the need for fossil fuels. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: The Trump administration officially scraps protections for the endangered sage grouse, opening nearly 9 million acres to drilling and mining operations. (Washington Post)

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POLICY:
• Virginia lawmakers approve a bill to support research for pumped-storage hydro and renewables in hopes of making the state’s coalfields an energy hotbed again.

Judge blocks Keystone XL construction amid environmental review

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: ComEd prepares to expand an electric vehicle ride-sharing pilot program as the utility researches how it can benefit the local grid. (Energy News Network)

POLICY:
• A broad proposal in Ohio to slash state regulations by 30 percent across the board could further tilt the playing field against renewable energy by relaxing rules on utilities and fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)
• Multiple Midwest governors join other states in setting strong emission-reduction goals. (Bloomberg)

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Deal reached to keep Connecticut nuclear plant operating

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy said it has reached a 10-year agreement with Connecticut utilities to keep the Millstone nuclear plant operating after threatening to close it. (CT Mirror)

ALSO:
• Cooperatives in Pennsylvania have a major stake in whether the state’s nuclear plants keep operating. (Associated Press)
• When the Three Mile Island plant closes, nuclear waste will likely remain on site for decades. (PennLive)
• Pennsylvania lawmakers in the district that’s home to the Limerick nuclear power plant have mixed reactions to legislation to support the facility. (Reading Eagle)
• A study of thyroid cancer rates near Three Mile Island prompts debate about risks posed by nuclear plants.

N.C. leads the nation in solar industry growth

SOLAR: North Carolina’s solar output grew 36 percent in 2018, outpacing other top solar states like California, according to a new government report. (WLOS)

ALSO:
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper intervened with Duke Energy on behalf of a solar company that had paid him rent and considered the dispute resolution a “possible Atlantic Coast Pipeline mitigation option,” records show. (The State)
• Construction begins on a $300 million solar project in Dougherty County, Georgia. (WALB)
• A solar company that helps reduce costs for lower income families will open an office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (WAFB)
• Florida Power & Light installs solar trees and canopies across Miami parks.