Oregon lawmakers under pressure to deliver on climate

CLIMATE: The advance of clean energy ballot measures puts new pressure on Oregon lawmakers to deliver a carbon emissions reduction plan. (Statesman Journal)

ALSO:
• Hundreds of Amazon employees risk their jobs to publicly criticize the company’s record on climate change. (Associated Press)
• Microsoft’s pledge to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 is complicated by the carbon footprint of its gaming consoles. (Grist)
• Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon tries to balance calling for action on climate change with supporting the state’s fossil fuel industry. (Associated Press)

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Climate inaction taking a toll in the Southeast

CLIMATE: The Southeast is facing major impacts from climate change, but utilities and cities have been slow to adopt clean energy or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: Hundreds of Amazon employees risk their jobs to publicly criticize the company’s record on climate change. (Associated Press)

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TRANSPORTATION: Several Northeast governors are reluctant to join a regional initiative to cap tailpipe emissions, citing its impact on gasoline prices; supporters say those fears are overblown.

Clean energy bill coming in Illinois without major players

EFFICIENCY: After going several years without a sustainability director, Chicago Public Schools is again identifying cost-saving opportunities through energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy uses home monitoring devices to study phantom power use and identify power-saving options for customers. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the state needs to address clean energy this session, though it will be complicated in the wake of a lobbying controversy involving utility ComEd. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

CLIMATE:
• Minnesota students help push school district and local officials on clean energy and climate plans.

Southeast states lag in adopting renewables, reducing emissions

CLIMATE: The Southeast is facing major impacts from climate change, but utilities and cities have been slow to adopt clean energy or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration has goals to reduce emissions, regulate monopoly utilities and boost electric vehicles, but it faces roadblocks from Duke Energy and a Republican-controlled legislature. (WFAE)

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PIPELINES: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases a draft $13.4 million plan designed to protect the endangered rusty patched bumblebee, which has habitat along the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL & GAS:
• A facility for a Houston machining company that makes parts for the oil and gas industry explodes, killing two people and destroying a neighborhood.

Solar development facing a backlash in upstate New York

SOLAR: An influx of large solar projects in upstate New York starts to generate a backlash among neighbors leading to court battles and local moratoria. (Albany Times Union)

ALSO:
• Connecticut regulators relent to protests from solar advocates and will allow more transparency as they draft a study to determine the value of solar energy. (Energy News Network)
• A Delaware electric cooperative doubles a solar array by adding another 4.2 MW to a facility that first opened in 2013. (Delaware State News)

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