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Anti-pipeline groups ready for fight over FERC vacancy

FERC: President Trump reportedly plans to nominate an Energy Department policy director to fill a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission vacancy, but environmentalists want the seat to stay open. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: Outgoing Commissioner Robert Powelson, a Republican, warns against politics creeping into FERC’s work. (E&E News, subscription)

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COAL:
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is scheduled to tour North Dakota’s biggest coal mine and adjacent power plant next week. (Associated Press)
Kentucky coal jobs declined between April and June despite promises from President Trump to revive the industry. (Lexington Herald Leader)

FUEL EFFICIENCY: The Trump administration’s plan to rollback vehicle efficiency standards draws opposition from Arizona, a red state with serious concerns about air quality. (E&E News)

EMISSIONS: Missouri plans to spend $12 million of its Volkswagen settlement money to cut emissions from aging bus fleets. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

BIOGAS:
• North Carolina’s pork industry asks state regulators to reconsider a three-year freeze on new swine biogas projects. (Energy News Network)
• A $119 settlement over a massive Southern California gas leak includes a program for methane collection at a dozen dairy farms. (InsideClimate News)

RENEWABLES:
Bills seeking to tap new sources of hydro and geothermal energy could transform California desert communities. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)
Virginia’s energy transition hinges on a conservative state board formed a century ago to regulate railroads. (Energy News Network)  

PIPELINES: The Keystone XL pipeline developer plans to tunnel beneath two major rivers along the project’s route early next year. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL AND GAS:
Federal authorities fine three oil and gas companies after a deadly explosion and fire on a drilling rig in Oklahoma early this year. (KGOU)
• The developer of an oil refinery near a national park in North Dakota asks regulators to dismiss a complaint by environmentalists. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Utilities are increasingly being drawn to utility-scale solar as prices become competitive with coal and natural gas. (Utility Dive)
How a family-owned solar company successfully weathered a “solar-coaster” over the last 10 years. (Central Penn Business Journal)

CARBON: Oil companies and environmentalists face off in Washington state over a ballot measure to place a fee on large carbon emitters. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR:
• Climate change is increasing the risk of flooding at nuclear reactors, including at nine U.S. plants within 2 miles of the ocean. (Ensia)  
Federal prosecutors ask the contractor of South Carolina’s failed nuclear project for documents related to the probe. (Post and Courier)

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EFFICIENCY: A discount retail chain will spend $14 million to install LED lights and advanced controls at 131 stores in the Northeast. (Chain Store Age)

COMMENTARY:
• President Trump shouldn’t use the government’s emergency oil supply to help Republicans in the midterm elections, a history professor writes. (The Conversation)
• A climate change advocate says the energy efficiency industry creates more jobs than fossil fuels and is growing at a faster rate. (Columbia Missourian)

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