Wildfires could stymie California climate progress

CALIFORNIA: California could struggle to meet its clean energy goals if the state’s largest utility goes bankrupt because of wildfire liabilities. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: California’s largest utility reported a second power outage on the day a deadly wildfire erupted, according to a new report filed with regulators. (Reuters)

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Pipeline politics put Southeast governors under spotlight

PIPELINES: Facing criticism for approving the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration questions the need for a Mountain Valley Pipeline extension in the state. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam replaces two air pollution board members and a water board member after they questioned permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia Mercury)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• The oil and gas industry renews its push for offshore drilling soon after Florida voters pass an amendment to ban it.

Ohio Valley has solar potential but lacks policy for development

SOLAR: State solar policies across the coal-heavy Ohio Valley “look like a patchwork quilt” that makes development challenging. (Ohio Valley ReSource)

ALSO:
• Solar power has greater potential in southern Ohio than anywhere else in the state, advocates say. (Chillicothe Gazette)
• A solar company denies seeking permits in Illinois for projects unlikely to be built as a way to get “lottery tickets” for state tax credits that could be used elsewhere. (Peoria Journal Star)
• Geronimo Energy works with landowners on a 150 to 200 MW solar project in southwestern Minnesota, which would be the largest in the state. (Worthington Globe)
• Minnesota can economically meet its goal to get 10 percent of its power from solar five years early.

In Maine, a familiar fight over transmission is emerging

TRANSMISSION: An opposition campaign similar to the one that sunk the Northern Pass project in New Hampshire is building against a proposed transmission line in Maine. (Portland Press Herald)

NUCLEAR: Connecticut regulators warn the Millstone nuclear plant is at risk of closure. (New Haven Register)

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WIND:
• A Maryland clean energy bill could lead to 1.2 GW of new offshore wind installations.

Arkansas utility to phase out coal at two power plants

COAL: Arkansas’ largest electricity utility Entergy says it will stop using coal at two power plants by 2028 and shut down a natural gas plant by 2027 after reaching a settlement with two environmental groups. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• The Justice Department says a federal court should not overturn the conviction of former coal baron Don Blankenship. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Mannington, West Virginia officials host a 50th anniversary memorial for a mine explosion that killed 78 miners. (WV News)

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