Study finds EPA vastly underestimating methane emissions

OIL AND GAS: A new study finds the EPA is vastly underestimating methane emissions from oil and gas production. (New York Times)

ALSO: Conservation groups file a lawsuit alleging federal wildlife agencies failed to complete mandatory reporting on how oil drilling could affect endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE:
• Backers of a bipartisan push for a carbon tax don’t expect anything to happen under the Trump administration, but “public attitudes on this topic are shifting.” (E&E News)
• Republican senators from Texas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma call for an investigation into whether a meteorologist training program is trying to “influence political and social debate.” (InsideClimate News)

GRID:
• A report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

Major energy companies backing bipartisan carbon tax push

CLIMATE: Exelon, First Solar and the American Wind Energy Association are among the companies supporting a new bipartisan campaign for a carbon tax. (Bloomberg)

EPA: At a confirmation hearing, Senate Democrats push two EPA nominees on administrator Scott Pruitt’s ethical scandals and denial of climate science; while Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe softens his criticism of Pruitt. (The Hill)

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BIOFUELS: The EPA is expected to announce a plan to reallocate wavied biofuel requirements to other refineries.

Report: Clean energy to dominate new capacity investments

CLEAN ENERGY: A Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysis predicts 85 percent of investments in new energy capacity through 2050 will go to zero-emissions technologies. (Bloomberg)

POLICY: A new group with Republican backers announces plans for a national carbon tax and dividend with support from major fossil fuel companies. (New York Times)

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GRID: A contentious proposal to expand California’s power grid to include several other Western states narrowly makes it past a key legislative hurdle, though lawmakers remain divided over the idea of creating a regional power grid.

Despite Trump plans, coal retirements continue

COAL: The Trump Administration’s efforts to save struggling coal plants hasn’t slowed utilities’ plans to shut them down. (Bloomberg)

TRANSPORTATION: Groups backed by the Koch brothers are working to defeat public transit initiatives around the country. (New York Times)

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CLIMATE: Emails show some White House staff pushed back on EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s plan for a “red team/blue team” climate science debate, with one advisor calling it “out of control.” (E&E News)

UTILITIES: Florida’s NextEra Energy has quietly grown into a “green Goliath” by relentlessly capitalizing on renewable energy subsidies.

‘We were warned’: Climate change no longer a distant threat

CLIMATE: Thirty years after James Hansen warned Congress about the looming threat of climate change, it is “hitting us hard from all sides.” (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Experts say some companies’ climate disclosure resolutions may be relying on overly optimistic scenarios. (Energy News Network)
• A cottage industry has developed around helping the oil industry keep pace with climate change in Alaska, including a company that helps keep permafrost frozen. (NPR)

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RENEWABLES:
• The Massachusetts Senate approves sweeping legislation that would promote energy storage, put a price on carbon, increase renewable portfolio standards, and raise the solar net metering cap. (Associated Press, pv magazine)
• President Trump names a former fossil fuel lobbyist who had co-authored a report denying climate change to lead the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.