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EPA: A Trump administration proposal to change how costs and benefits are calculated for federal mercury emissions rules could make them more vulnerable to a legal challenge. (Energy News Network)

• Environmental groups criticize President Trump’s decision to formally nominate acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler to run the agency. (Reuters)
• A top Republican senator suggested Wheeler’s confirmation hearing could take place before the agency reopens from a government shutdown. (E&E News)

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• More than 600 advocacy groups in a letter to lawmakers present a wish list for federal climate and clean energy legislation. (E&E News)
• Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa wants to extend a variety of energy-related tax incentives. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: Other states are looking to California for advice on how to adopt ambitious clean energy targets. (Los Angeles Times)

• Indiana is estimated to have installed more than 140 MW of solar in 2018, far exceeding previous years. (Indiana Public Media)
• California’s new solar rooftop mandate might not have a huge impact on greenhouse gas emissions, but it illustrates the political will for clean energy. (Fast Company)

WIND: Challenges with transporting wind turbine components could jeopardize up to $2.1 billion in development, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)

Fiat Chrysler is expected to pay nearly $650 million to settle lawsuits over its use of software that produced false results on emissions tests. (New York Times)
Carbon emissions are up everywhere, including California, where dry conditions prompted the state to turn to gas plants when hydropower dwindled. (Grist)

• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers tell federal regulators the project’s expansion won’t cause excess natural gas supply. (S&P Global)
• Virginia regulators’ decision to approve an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station permit led to protests from more than 200 opponents. (Roanoke Times)

• Energy companies scramble to build Gulf Coast ports to handle more than 3 million barrels of oil per day. (Reuters)
• The Trump administration is postponing public meetings on its proposal to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Anchorage Daily News)
• Chevron and Occidental Petroleum partner on a major investment in technology to capture carbon dioxide from the air. (E&E News)

• Utilities are speeding up the closure of coal-fired power plants as wind, solar and natural gas become more cost-competitive. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
• Two Ohio Valley lawmakers introduce a bill to restore funding for the federal black lung trust fund. (WVPB)
• Federal officials say coal mining deaths reached a record low in Kentucky last year, when one miner died. (Associated Press)

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NUCLEAR: Independent power producers ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court decisions upholding nuclear subsidies in Illinois and New York. (Utility Dive)

An Oregon appeals court has rejected a lawsuit filed by children who say the state isn’t doing enough to fight climate change. (Associated Press)
High school students ask Minnesota’s new governor to back new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)
• A group of scientists requests a chance to brief Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on climate science and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (Dallas Morning News)

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