Are nuclear plants ready for climate change?

NUCLEAR: Documents show the nation’s nuclear plants are increasingly at risk from flooding and other weather events fueled by climate change, and critics say the Trump administration is failing to take steps to adapt. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: FirstEnergy officials tell Ohio lawmakers that closing two nuclear plants would increase electric bills and emissions. (Toledo Blade)

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FirstEnergy says closing nuclear plants would harm customers more

NUCLEAR:
• FirstEnergy officials tell state lawmakers that closing two nuclear plants in Ohio would increase electric bills and emissions. (Toledo Blade)
• Critics say the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission isn’t doing enough to require nuclear plant owners to take preventative measures as climate change risks worsen. (Bloomberg)

EFFICIENCY:
• Some city officials in ComEd’s service territory are still wary about the upfront cost of replacing streetlights with LEDs despite financial incentives and long-term energy savings. (Energy News Network)
• The Nebraska Energy Office offers low-interest loans for energy efficiency improvements at homes and farms, regardless of whether the properties were affected by recent flooding. (Omaha World-Herald)

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New York City seeks steep cuts in building emissions

EMISSIONS: New York City is poised to pass a law limiting building emissions by 40% by 2030 overall with owners facing steep fines for noncompliance. (New York Times)

CLIMATE: A new book aims to provide a “legal version of the Manhattan project” for policymakers and citizens to take action to cut carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)

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Will TVA’s new leader make the utility greener?

RENEWABLES: The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new CEO talks with the utility’s council about its long-range energy plan and ways to boost renewable energy production. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy announces contracts for 602 MW of solar in North Carolina, with nearly half of the projects to be built by the utility or its own subsidiaries. (Greentech Media)
• An Arkansas electric cooperative will build a 1 MW solar array to power some of its operations. (Arkansas Money & Politics)
• Chesterfield, Virginia officials plan for its first two solar projects. (Chesterfield Observer)
• Florida could surpass North Carolina as the Southeast’s top solar state, according to a clean energy group’s report.

Investigation raises questions about Colorado oil oversight

OIL & GAS: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signs a bill into law bringing sweeping changes to the way the oil and gas industry is regulated in the state including giving cities more control over drilling. (Denver Post)

ALSO:
• An investigation by an independent journalism company based in Colorado finds that the state does not comprehensively monitor or regulate air pollution from the oil and gas industry. (The Story Group)
• The Supreme Court seems likely to rule against California offshore oilfield workers who want to be paid for the off-work time they spend on platforms including sleeping. (Associated Press)
• Former and current employees of a petroleum company’s Denver office describe a toxic work culture of “treating women as sexual playthings.” (Bloomberg)

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