Interior Secretary Zinke: “I’m very bullish on offshore wind”

WIND: The Trump administration is considering allowing offshore wind farms to be developed off the coast of California where some landowners worry about their oceanfront views being obscured by turbines. (The Hill, San Luis Obispo Tribune)

ALSO: This December the U.S. Interior Department will auction nearly 390,000 acres of federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts for wind energy development, which if fully developed could provide more than 4 GW of capacity. (Associated Press, news release)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: A proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would ban offshore drilling is back on the ballot following a court ruling. (ThinkProgress)

PIPELINES:
• Kinder Morgan cancels a controversial plan to push natural gas liquids from Ohio to Texas through a repurposed pipeline. (InsideClimate News)
• A Virginia couple whose property lies in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline hosts an interfaith ceremony on the site today.

EPA attributes emission reductions to Trump “regulatory reform”

COAL: Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler attributes a drop in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to Trump “regulatory reforms,” a claim that was criticized as “political plagiarism and vandalism.” (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Analysts said the Trump administration is taking credit for emission reductions that are “a direct result of the decline of coal.” (E&E News, subscription)
• In a Pennsylvania town that is home to a large coal-fired power plant, the mortality rate in some areas is 87 percent above the national level. (Esquire)
• Pacific Northwest environmentalists are ready to take on the Trump administration over its plan to use West Coast military bases to ship coal. (Grist)

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RENEWABLES:
• U.S. corporate renewables procurement is on track to smash records in 2018, according to the latest figures from RMI. (Greentech Media)
• Dominion Energy requests input from commercial, industrial and government customers in Virginia about its renewable energy plan. (Power Engineering)

SOLAR:
• A new bill-credit mechanism in Massachusetts will give community solar developers certainty for near-term contracts.

Coastal states now hopeful for offshore drilling exemptions

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he may exempt at least six states from the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling. (Reuters)

COAL:
• “The boss wants what the boss wants.” A plan to prop up struggling coal plants could still survive despite a lack of support within federal government and the energy industry. (E&E News, subscription)
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers revives an environmental review for a proposed Washington coal export terminal a year after state regulators nixed a key project permit. (Associated Press)
• Despite earlier threats by state leaders to sever ties, Wyoming is still doing business with a bank that recently stopped investing in fossil fuels, sparking a wave of backlash in coal country. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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PIPELINES:
• FERC allows Dominion Energy to start cutting trees on the site of a planned natural gas compressor station in Virginia.

White House reportedly backing away from plan to prop up coal plants

COAL: Sources say the White House has shelved a plan to prop up uneconomic coal plants by invoking national security concerns, in part because “the political will to pay for it is not broadly there.” (Politico)

ALSO:
• The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations and other federal properties to ship coal and other fossil fuels to Asia, a plan the Washington governor called a “harebrained” scheme. (Associated Press, Politico)
• The U.S. Department of Energy denies withholding a report on coal power plants and grid resilience for political reasons. (E&E News, subscription)

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COAL ASH: North Carolina environmental activists say state regulators are failing to ensure safe water or hold Duke Energy accountable following coal ash spills during Hurricane Florence. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINE:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents say developers are building some parts of the route at an aggressive and reckless pace. (Roanoke Times)
• In a last ditch effort to stop construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, protesters chain themselves to equipment and build tree stands to interrupt work.

Gas explosions intensify calls to shift to renewables

NATURAL GAS:
• A series of fatal home explosions outside Boston last month is intensifying calls to phase out natural gas and boost renewables. (Boston Globe)

ALSO: Massachusetts orders Columbia Gas to suspend all work in light of a troubling federal report on the explosions. (NBC Boston)

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COAL:
• A report commissioned by the Energy Department debunked the Trump Administration’s argument to save coal power but has not been publicly released yet six months after its submission. (Bloomberg)
• A large West Virginia mine that employs about 400 workers will close soon. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: In a joint op-ed, the president of the MacArthur Foundation and the CEO of Exelon Corporation, both based in Chicago, propose four priorities to fight climate change — including nuclear power.