White House may allow wind farms off the California coast

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)

COAL: How a local broadband company was able to save a Colorado coal community after two local mines shut down. (NPR)

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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.

Minnesota regulators delay ruling on $700M gas plant

NATURAL GAS: Minnesota regulators delay a decision on a proposed $700 million natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin, as they consider arguments on the need for an environmental review. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ALSO: The proposed plant is the latest in the Midwest to face challenges from environmental groups over utilities’ stated capacity needs. (E&E News, subscription)

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SOLAR: County officials in northwestern Illinois advance plans for three of eight proposed solar projects, including a 70 MW installation. (The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus)

POLICY: Containing coal ash storage in Indiana and limiting the impacts of fossil fuel development in North Dakota and South Dakota are top science policy issues in those states. (Popular Science)

GRID:
• A state forecast shows Indiana will need 9,300 MW of new generation by 2035 from natural gas, wind, solar and energy efficiency to meet demand as plants close.

Controversial Ohio-to-Texas pipeline scrapped amid criticism

PIPELINES: Kinder Morgan cancels a controversial plan to push natural gas liquids from Ohio to Texas through a repurposed pipeline. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• A Virginia couple whose property lies in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline hosts an interfaith ceremony on the site today. (Energy News Network)
• Two congressmen ask the Navy to look into the safety of a natural gas pipeline set to run under a Norfolk, Virginia, shipyard. (Virginian-Pilot)

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COAL:
• “They told us we would be fired if we wore a mask.” A sickened worker shares his story from the 2008 TVA coal ash spill.

Feds announce massive Massachusetts offshore wind auction

WIND: 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)

ALSO:
• The Department will also begin an environmental review of a proposed wind project off the coast of Rhode Island. (Windpower Engineering & Development)
• Developers will begin construction on the largest onshore wind farm in Rhode Island next week. (GoLocalProv)

GRID: ISO New England was “one large contingency away from rolling blackouts” during last winter’s cold snap, which led to changes in operating procedures, says the organization’s president. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Solar executives tell New Jersey officials the industry could see massive layoffs if the state doesn’t find a new way to promote solar within the next six months.