Colorado climate bill would reduce emissions 90 percent by 2050

CLIMATE: A prominent Colorado lawmaker files a bill seeking to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 2005 levels over the next 30 years. (Denver Post)

ALSO: Oregon’s governor throws her support behind a bill creating a new state agency to oversee a proposed carbon cap and trade program. (The Oregonian)

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OIL & GAS:
• Several Western tribes push federal land managers to permanently ban drilling at a culturally important site in New Mexico.

Report documents oil industry’s billion-dollar rebrand

OIL & GAS: Major oil companies have spent more than a billion dollars on branding and lobbying since the signing of the Paris Agreement, including $2 million on social media ads before the midterm election, a report finds. (Grist, The Guardian)

ALSO:
• Several high-profile drilling projects under development in Alaska are likely the next legal targets for environmentalists challenging the Trump administration’s push to open public lands to oil and gas development. (InsideClimate News)
• The Marcellus and Utica shale regions in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania will supply nearly half of the nation’s natural gas by 2040, according to a new study. (Oil & Gas 360)

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Great Lakes climate report calls for accelerated clean energy, transportation

CLIMATE: A new report on climate change says the Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S. and calls for accelerating clean energy and transportation. (Associated Press)

COAL: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency asks the state attorney general to enforce a clean-up action plan for coal ash contamination along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River. (Champaign News-Gazette)

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NUCLEAR:
• A subsidiary of Ohio’s FirstEnergy says in bankruptcy documents that it would cost nearly $750 million to decommission a Pennsylvania nuclear plant.

TVA plans to boost solar, cut coal over next two decades

SOLAR: The Tennessee Valley Authority says it plans to increase solar capacity anywhere from 4 to 9 GW over the next two decades while cutting coal production. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

ALSO:
• Solar companies are flocking to Texas because of a tax break, but they provide few returns for local taxpayers. (Houston Chronicle)
• In 2018, Arkansas had its biggest year of solar installations ever, according to a new industry association report. (Associated Press)
• East Tennessee State University students are leading the push to solar energy and sustainability on their campus. (Johnson City Press)
• Construction begins on a new solar farm in Yadkin County, North Carolina.

Maine to provide over $5 million in electric vehicle subsidies

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maine will use settlement money from the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal to provide $5.1 million in subsidies to promote electric vehicle adoption and add at least 50 charging stations. (Central Maine)

SOLAR:
• The Maine Legislature repeals a controversial “gross metering” policy that imposed additional fees on solar installations. (Solar Industry)
• Developers announce plans to build a 745 kilowattpeak community solar array in eastern Vermont on a 28-acre brownfield property that was formerly used as a sawmill and lumber treatment facility. (news release)

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OFFSHORE WIND: A federal fisheries office says an environmental assessment for the proposed Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts lacks sufficient detail.