Oregon lawmakers seek compromise on climate bill

CLIMATE: Oregon lawmakers propose a sweeping set of amendments to a controversial cap and trade bill in an effort to win approval. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

ALSO:
• Colorado lawmakers are divided over whether legislation seeking a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 should be a mandate or a goal. (Utility Dive)
• Utah youth ask the governor to fight climate change by stopping oil and gas development on nearly 220,000 acres of public land. (Deseret News)

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As emissions climb, cities and states debate policies

CARBON: U.S. carbon emissions grew 3.1 percent in 2018 as global emissions reached a record high. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Oregon lawmakers propose a sweeping set of amendments to a controversial cap and trade bill in an effort to win approval. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
• The mayor of Goshen, Indiana, sets a citywide carbon-neutral goal by 2035. (Washington Times Herald)
• Colorado lawmakers are divided over whether legislation seeking a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 should be a mandate or a goal. (Utility Dive)

***SPONSORED LINK: America has reached the “coal cost crossover”: In 2018, it was more expensive to operate 74% of existing U.S. coal plants than replacing them with new wind and solar power within 35 miles of each plant.

Great Lakes offshore wind project wins key permit approval

CLEAN ENERGY: Consumers Energy reaches a deal with a broad coalition of advocates on its long-term energy plan, which for months had been in jeopardy due to disputes over key provisions. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Researchers at Michigan Technological University say the state’s investor-owned utilities “manipulate” regulatory and political systems to their benefit and the detriment of ratepayers. (Energy News Network)

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WIND: A construction permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers is a “big step forward” for an offshore wind project in Cleveland.

Massachusetts bill would allow fossil fuel divestment

DIVESTMENT: Massachusetts legislators consider a bill that would make it easier for local retirement systems to divest from fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Developers begin clearing land for an $86 million natural gas pipeline expansion between northwest Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio. (Star Beacon)
• A subcontractor working on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline sends letters to landowners threatening to place liens on their properties if it is not paid for work by the main contractor. (Lancaster Online)

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UTILITIES:
• A western Canadian firm agrees to buy Bangor-based Emera Maine for $959 million.

Expect more coal closures — renewables are cheaper

RENEWABLES: Coal plants in states like North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee will be “substantially at risk” of replacement with cheaper renewables by 2025 according to a report from a clean energy organization. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: The New Orleans City Council is looking into a renewable energy mandate for the city. (PV Magazine)

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SOLAR:
• After a campaign by solar advocates, West Virginia regulators will gather more information about net metering before changing the rules. (CleanTechnica)
• Texas offers few incentives for homeowners to install rooftop solar panels, so growth is slow.