Virginia governor replaces regulators who questioned pipeline pollution

PIPELINES: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam replaces two air pollution control board members after they raised concerns and delayed a vote on an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in the historic black community of Union Hill. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

ALSO:
• Since 2010, interstate pipelines have exploded or caught fire 137 times and in 90 percent of cases, federal regulators sought no fine. (E&E News)
• Protesters have quietly been tree-sitting in Virginia in protest of the Mountain Valley Pipeline since September. (Roanoke Times)

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SOLAR:
• A county tax abatement deal boosts revenue for a solar project planned in Texas.

Crab industry sues Big Oil over climate impacts

CLIMATE: A coalition of West Coast commercial crab fishermen sues 30 oil and gas companies over damage to the industry caused by climate change. (InsideClimate News)

POLITICS:
• Democratic lawmakers in Nevada plan on introducing legislation to increase the state’s renewable energy standards rather than waiting until voters decide on a constitutional amendment in 2020. (Las Vegas Sun)
• Now that an Arizona clean energy initiative has been shot down, clean energy advocates question whether the state’s largest utility will make good on its promise to use more solar, wind and storage. (Utility Dive)

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Can wind compete without tax credits?

WIND: Wind energy proponents say the industry is “ready to compete in a subsidy-free world” but some analysts still anticipate a slowdown. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: A lawsuit over Ohio’s wind setbacks centers on whether various stakeholders had a chance to be heard before stricter terms were adopted in a last-minute budget bill amendment in 2014. (Energy News Network)

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RENEWABLES:
• Renewable energy is surging, but not fast enough to stop dangerous climate change, according to a pair of recent reports. (Scientific American)
• Democratic lawmakers in Nevada plan to introduce legislation to increase the state’s renewable energy standards rather than waiting until voters decide on a constitutional amendment in 2020.

Study: Renewables can meet most of Minnesota power needs by 2050

RENEWABLES: Minnesota can economically get 70 percent of its power from wind, solar and renewables by 2050, according to a state-commissioned study. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

STORAGE: A new approach to improve grid resiliency involves using battery storage and other “non-wire alternatives” to provide backup power during outages. (Energy News Network)

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WIND:
• A lawsuit over Ohio’s wind setbacks centers on whether various stakeholders had a chance to be heard before stricter terms were adopted in a last-minute budget bill amendment in 2014.

N.C. lawmakers to investigate governor’s pipeline approval

PIPELINES: North Carolina lawmakers vote to hire investigators to look into whether Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration improperly approved the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on a condition that the developer contribute almost $58 million to a state environmental mitigation fund. (News & Observer)

ALSO:
• Landowners in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin sue Energy Transfer Partners, claiming the company violated constitutional law by building without consent. (KATC)
• Federal energy regulators approve TransCanada’s request to put the WB XPress natural gas pipeline in service in West Virginia and Virginia. (Reuters)

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COAL: A group of Appalachian advocacy organizations highlight 20 ready-made projects that could give abandoned mine lands new life and spur economic development.