Officials call for investigation of New York City blackout

GRID: Con Edison says it has not found the cause of a five-hour blackout that affected part of Manhattan Saturday night, while elected officials called for an investigation. (New York Times, Albany Times Union)

ALSO:
• Tropical Storm Barry knocked out power for tens of thousands in Louisiana while cutting U.S. offshore oil production by 73%. (S&P, WLFY, WAAY, Reuters)
• Colorado is taking a more comprehensive approach to oversee how utilities develop the grid, to focus on cost-effectiveness. (Energy News Network)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• Oslo’s pedestrian city center could provide lessons for Boston and other U.S. cities trying to reduce carbon emissions from cars.

Solar is the ‘new casinos’ as tribes bet on renewables

RENEWABLES: American Indian tribes are turning to wind and solar projects as a way to generate revenue and boost local economies. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• A massive solar plus storage project in Los Angeles is another example of how clean energy is knocking fossil fuels off the grid. (Science Magazine)
• New York environmentalists release a plan to power and heat the state capitol and a state office complex with renewable energy. (Albany Times Union)

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STORAGE: Long Island could become a hot spot for energy storage deployment in New York due to its geography and  grid structure.

New permit, new challenge against Keystone XL pipeline

PIPELINES: Keystone XL pipeline opponents again ask a judge to block construction of the $8 billion project after President Trump issued it a new permit. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Presidential candidate and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee calls the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac a “clear and present threat” to the Great Lakes. (MLive)
• The West Virginia House passed a resolution written by a pipeline lobbyist that condemned citizen groups challenging the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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RENEWABLES:
• Climate and NIMBY concerns are driving interest in developing floating wind and solar farms. (E&E News, subscription)
• An environmental group’s analysis shows clean energy thriving in Republican-leaning states like Iowa and Indiana.

Can electric scooters help Chicago cut its carbon footprint?

TRANSPORTATION:
• Chicago’s electric scooter pilot program raises questions about whether the transportation mode can reduce carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)
• Tesla plans to increase electric vehicle production at its Fremont, California, plant, according to an email to employees. (Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES:
• U.S. renewables growth by 2022 is expected to surpass fossil fuel growth by a significantly greater margin than previously forecasted. (Utility Dive)
• Experts predict co-located solar, wind and storage projects will grow in the coming years. (Utility Dive)

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Public health groups sue over Clean Power Plan rollback

POLLUTION: Two major public health organizations sue the Trump administration over its rollback of the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)

ALSO:
• The closing of a Detroit waste incinerator is a victory for activists who say the facility’s air pollution unfairly burdened a majority Black neighborhood. (Energy News Network)
• Fresno uses data visualization to help target California cap and trade funds to counteract pollution in vulnerable communities. (Energy News Network)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• The governors of 23 states sign a pledge backing California in its fight against the Trump administration’s efforts to relax vehicle mileage standards.