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Another legal victory for nuclear zero-carbon credits

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A federal appeals court says New York’s zero-carbon emissions program for nuclear power plants doesn’t interfere with federal jurisdiction over interstate energy markets. (Greentech Media)
• The court’s decision gives states more legal precedent to implement their own clean energy programs. (InsideClimate News)

National security experts tell state legislators that the pending closure of three nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania could have far-reaching ramifications. (Pennsylvania Watchdog)
• Georgia Power takes on more financial risk with the continued construction of the Vogtle nuclear power plant. (E&E News)

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RENEWABLES: A group of data centers operators and customers tell Virginia utility regulators that Dominion Energy isn’t meeting their need for renewable power. (Energy News Network)

• Kansas regulators approve a new rate structure for Westar Energy that will impose a new demand charge on customers with their own generation. (Energy News Network)
• “Solar Warrior” Henry Red Cloud continues to expand renewable energy on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge reservation despite numerous obstacles. (U.S. News and World Report)

COAL ASH: Scientists express skepticism over Duke Energy’s testing processes for coal ash contamination in North Carolina’s Cape Fear River. (News & Observer)

COAL: The Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance, funded in part by Murray Energy, fights to stop construction of natural gas plants in West Virginia by citing regulations that Murray has long fought. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

A family is suing Columbia gas after their house was destroyed in a series of home explosions outside Boston. (Associated Press)
A climate change advocates gather more than 1,100 signatures asking Massachusetts’ governor to issue a moratorium on new natural gas infrastructure. (The Daily News)

PIPELINES: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe approves a resolution to support protests against three pipeline projects. (Associated Press)

New Jersey’s largest regulated utility announces a $4 billion, six-year plan to advance the state’s clean energy goals, including efficiency programs, new electric vehicle infrastructure and energy storage. (CNBC)
• A U.S. bankruptcy judge in Ohio approves a settlement between FirstEnergy and its bankrupt generation subsidiary. (Utility Dive)

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BIOFUEL: Nebraska plans to experiment with a 30 percent ethanol blend in some state vehicles. (Nebraska Radio Network)

CLIMATE: Oil and gas companies have contributed $8.6 million to fight a Washington ballot measure seeking to put a fee on carbon pollution, campaign records show. (Associated Press)

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