New Jersey ready to dive back into carbon market

EMISSIONS: New Jersey environmental regulators propose two rules to limit carbon emissions in order for the state to re-enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Press of Atlantic City, news release)

ALSO:
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledges to launch a Green New Deal for 100 percent carbon-neutral electricity by 2040, but climate activists say it’s “a vague pledge” that falls short on specifics and ambition. (Crain’s New York Business, Common Dreams)
• A petition filed last month in Pennsylvania could lead the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Energy News Network)
• Oregon isn’t meeting its greenhouse gas reduction goals as vehicle emissions continue to rise, according to a new state report. (The Oregonian)

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California utility regulators face new criticism for role in wildfires

CALIFORNIA FIRES: California regulators delayed enforcing a 2016 law requiring the state’s three investor-owned utilities to come up with wildfire mitigation plans. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: A California residential solar installer sees an opportunity to discuss extending microgrids to certain parts of the state as regulators there consider new rules for shutting off power during extreme weather conditions. (Utility Dive)

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OIL & GAS:
• Five environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to try to stop plans to drill in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s North Coast. (Associated Press)
• California regulators reject a Texas company’s plan to build a gas peaker plant in Oxnard, California.

Illinois grid modernization plan lacks cost, benefit specifics

PIPELINES: With agreements and legislation in place, the next phase of a plan to tunnel Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac involves permitting, studies and likely lawsuits. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Enbridge is also seeking regulatory approval to replace a section of Line 5 in southeastern Michigan and tunnel it beneath the St. Clair River. (WPHM)
• Tribal members plan to maintain a modest camp in northern Michigan to protest Line 5 until the pipeline is decommissioned. (Washington Post)
• Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement in northern Minnesota may loom large in Gov.-elect Tim Walz’s pick to serve on the state’s Public Utilities Commission.

Investigation: Regulators ignored black lung disease epidemic

COAL: Government regulators have known for years that exposing miners to toxic coal mine dust would lead to black lung disease, but they failed to take action, an investigation shows. (NPR, Frontline)

ALSO: An Appalachian organization is working to plant lavender on former coal mine sites and offer a training program for local farmers. (Bloomberg)

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SOLAR:
• Duke Energy says rooftop solar rebates in North Carolina will be about $10 million this year, and application for next year will be available Jan 2. (WFAE)
• Gaston County, North Carolina officials reject two solar farm proposals because of concerns about property values.

New York’s governor pledges carbon-neutral electricity by 2040

POLICY: Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledges to launch a Green New Deal to make New York’s electricity 100 percent carbon neutral by 2040, but climate activists say it’s “a vague pledge” that falls short on specifics and ambition. (Crain’s New York Business, Common Dreams)

CAP-AND-TRADE:
• New Jersey environmental regulators propose two rules to limit carbon emissions in order for the state to re-enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Press of Atlantic City, news release)
• A petition filed last month in Pennsylvania could lead the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Energy News Network)

***SPONSORED LINK: Emissions will rise nearly 3% in 2018, but we have a decade left to avoid dangerous global warming – how can policymakers confront this challenge? Designing Climate Solutions identifies 10 policies, applied to 20 countries, that can keep warming below 2°C.***

SOLAR: A new power purchase agreement in Philadelphia could spur the construction of the state’s largest solar power facility.