Colorado ski resort takes a big step toward clean energy goal

WIND: Vail Resorts buys enough wind power to offset its emissions for the 2019 fiscal year, the company’s first major step toward achieving zero emissions by 2030. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

RENEWABLES:
• Clean energy industry officials say Colorado could get all of its energy from renewable sources before 2040, the deadline being eyed by the state’s new governor. (CBS Denver)
• Solar, wind and storage have almost eliminated natural gas among proposed new generation projects in California. (Greentech Media)
• A Wyoming ski resort will run its lifts on clean energy. (Jackson Hole News & Guide)

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EPA considers new regulation to reduce air pollution

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration considers tougher nitrogen oxide emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks, which would be its first new regulation intended to reduce air pollution. (The Hill)

EPA: A senior EPA administrator responsible for nine Southeast states is indicted by an Alabama grand jury on charges he conspired to violate state ethics rules in connection with a bribery scandal. (Mother Jones)

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RENEWABLES:
• Solar, wind and storage have almost eliminated natural gas among proposed new generation projects in California. (Greentech Media)
• Major tech companies’ increasing electricity needs at data centers across the U.S. are driving demand for renewable energy.

Farmers, wind industry group challenge Ohio setback restrictions

EFFICIENCY: A voluntary program in St. Paul, Minnesota, to reduce energy use in buildings finds more outreach is needed toward small-building owners. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Ohio farmers and a wind industry group sue the state of Ohio, alleging a 2014 law with restrictive wind setback rules violates the state constitution. (Paulding Progress)
• A northern Ohio school board votes unanimously to oppose the planned Seneca Wind project. (Toledo Blade)

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SCE&G ignored warning signs about failing nuclear plant

NUCLEAR: SCE&G ignored warning signs before abandoning a failed $9 billion nuclear project, an industry consultant tells South Carolina regulators. (The State)

ALSO: If the Dominion-SCANA merger falls through, other buyers are waiting in the wings, a financial analyst tells South Carolina regulators during a hearing on the failed nuclear project. (The State)

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WIND:
• Texas sets a new wind output record of 17,920 MW, surpassing the previous record by 2 percent. (S&P Global)
• The deadline for a proposed Oklahoma wind farm mitigation plan is extended a fifth time so NextEra Energy and the Department of Defense can reach an agreement.

Report: New England nuclear plants key to combating climate change

NUCLEAR: Nuclear plants in New Hampshire and Connecticut, which are slated to be the last two in New England, will be essential to curbing the effects of climate change, according to a new report. (NHPR)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A New York City suburb with five new battery-powered school buses could become a model for other communities looking to replace their diesel fleets. (New York Times)

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GRID: A bipartisan coalition of 18 governors asks federal energy regulators to consider merging the country’s three main power grids. (State House News Service)

NATURAL GAS: The Massachusetts Senate schedules two oversight hearings in December to examine the state’s natural gas industry and investigate a series of explosions that destroyed homes outside Boston in September.