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Will Massachusetts be the next energy storage leader?

STORAGE: Massachusetts regulators face a decision on a major incentive that could launch an energy storage industry in the state. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
• Ohio officials grant conditional approval for the first offshore wind project in the Great Lakes. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Maine wind developers are holding off on billions of dollars in investments until they know who will be the state’s next governor. (Portland Press Herald)

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SOLAR:
• Citing growing U.S. trade disputes, a Washington state plant that silicon to the solar industry announces plans to lay off 100 people. (Reuters)
A Buffalo, New York suburb will revisit a ban on solar panels on the front of homes, but only after studying how they affect property values. (Buffalo News)
• New rooftop solar customers in Nevada will see smaller reimbursement rates next month as net metering applications reach a state limit. (Nevada Independent)

COAL:
• At a West Virginia event, President Trump claims coal is making a comeback and touted its benefits over pipelines. (WSET)
• Appalachia’s uptick in metallurgical coal production actually started before President Trump was elected because of Chinese demand. (NPR)
• Meanwhile, escalating tensions over Trump’s tariffs could slow the growth of those metallurgical coal exports and have a major impact on planned Chinese investment in the region’s natural gas industry. (Ohio Valley ReSource)

OIL AND GAS:
• Utah oil and gas companies won an exemption from federal smog rules after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with an industry lobbyist. (Politico)
A proposed liquefied natural gas plant in Rhode Island gets a favorable environmental assessment from federal regulators. (Providence Journal)
• A Minnesota judge recommends denying a 525 to 550 MW natural gas plant because the utility hasn’t shown it to be in the public interest. (Minnesota Public Radio)

NUCLEAR:
• A federal regulator refuses to recuse himself from Yucca Mountain decisions despite his advocacy for waste storage at the site. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A coalition of industry, government and military dignitaries sign a letter in support of a plan to bail out uneconomic U.S. nuclear plants. (Toledo Blade)
• The nation’s oldest nuclear-generating station in New Jersey will permanently shut down Sept. 17. (WHYY)

PIPELINES: Environmental groups ask a federal court to review a Clean Water Act permit in West Virginia for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (WVPB)

RENEWABLES:
• Colorado is emerging as a national model for how to expand renewable energy to low-income residents. (InsideClimate News)
• Hawaii is falling short of its goal of getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2045, according to a new state report. (Hawaii News Now)
• Midwest utilities and advocates debate the role of clean energy standards as market forces drive more wind and solar investment. (E&E News)

POLITICS:
California lawmakers revive a long-stalled plan to get all of the state’s electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045. (Associated Press)
A ballot initiative to fund clean energy projects through fees on fossil fuels is likely headed to voters in Washington state this fall. (The Spokesman- Review)

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CLIMATE: Rhode Island’s attorney general sues a dozen oil and gas companies in state court, accusing them of causing climate change. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• The Chicago Tribune’s editorial board backs a carbon fee and dividend plan meant to change consumer behavior but also rebate revenue back to citizens.
• Washington, D.C., officials say the advantages of energy efficiency and renewable energy include healthier air, job creation, thriving small businesses and social justice. (GreenBiz)

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