Denver embarks on an ambitious clean energy plan

RENEWABLES: Denver’s mayor lays out an ambitious plan to get 100 percent of the city’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. (Colorado Independent)

UTILITIES:
• Clean energy advocates are accusing Arizona’s largest utility of spending millions of dollars to try to “poach” people hired to gather signatures for a ballot measure. (Arizona Republic)
• The California lawmaker who authored a bill that would allow the state’s largest utility to shift responsibility for paying for damages from last year’s wildfires to its customers has a son who works for the company. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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Carbon tax plan faces headwinds in Congress

CLIMATE: A Florida congressman plans to introduce legislation that would pause federal climate change regulations in exchange for a carbon emissions tax. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• Koch Industries is backing a House resolution opposing carbon taxes. (The Hill)
• A recent study finds that carbon taxes will have minimal impact on the economy. (The Guardian)
• A New York conservation group is suing FERC over a policy to limit its consideration of climate impacts when approving natural gas infrastructure projects. (E&E News)

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Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Grain Belt Express project

GRID:
• The Missouri Supreme Court unanimously rules that state regulators erred in rejecting the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project, sending it back for reconsideration. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Minnesota-based Great River Energy plans a $130 million investment in its transmission system. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL:
• Restoring former Illinois coal mines is proving difficult in some cases as state regulators struggle to trace reclamation funding. (Energy News Network)
• Ohio coal executive Robert Murray hopes his former lobbyist Andrew Wheeler will stay on as the U.S. EPA’s permanent administrator.

Florida Republican plans to introduce carbon tax

CARBON TAX: A Florida congressman plans to introduce legislation that would pause federal climate change regulations in exchange for a carbon emissions tax. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: In a rural Virginia community where renewables have provoked backlash, a renewable energy expo offers a showcase for clean energy. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• North Carolina ranks third in solar energy growth in the U.S. but state regulations have stifled wind power, an environmental group’s report shows. (News & Observer)
• A solar cooperative will host an information session in St.

Deepwater Wind working on three new projects in the Northeast

OFFSHORE WIND: The developer behind Rhode Island’s Block Island Wind Farm is ramping up development on three more offshore wind projects in the Northeast. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES:
• Researchers say proposed legislation requiring Massachusetts to get 50 percent of its energy from renewables by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050, is necessary and “absolutely” achievable. (WBSM)
• The Eastern United States can add more renewable energy to the grid than previously thought, according to new research. (PV Magazine)

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SOLAR:
• Massachusetts has seen a 246-fold increase in solar electricity since 2007, according to a new report.