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Are nuclear plants ready for climate change?

NUCLEAR: Documents show the nation’s nuclear plants are increasingly at risk from flooding and other weather events fueled by climate change, and critics say the Trump administration is failing to take steps to adapt. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: FirstEnergy officials tell Ohio lawmakers that closing two nuclear plants would increase electric bills and emissions. (Toledo Blade)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Puerto Rico is pushing for 100% renewable energy by 2050 as the island continues to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. (Vox)

CLIMATE:
New York City is poised to pass a law limiting building emissions by 40% by 2030 overall with owners facing steep fines for noncompliance. (New York Times)
A new book aims to provide a “legal version of the Manhattan project” for policymakers and citizens to take action to cut carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)
Virginia regulators are on track to approve a plan that would allow the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap-and-trade program. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
Florida could surpass North Carolina as the Southeast’s top solar state, according to a clean energy group’s report. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Concerns over the growing threat of wildfire-related blackouts in California is driving demand for solar panels and batteries. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSMISSION:
New Mexico regulators have ordered the state’s largest utility to bill Facebook for more than half the cost of a new $85 million transmission line. (Albuquerque Journal)
A state legislator has proposed an existing but seldom used oil pipeline route as an alternative to a controversial power line to import Canadian hydropower through western Maine. (Press Herald)
Increased lobbying and pressure from the Missouri Farm Bureau contributed to state lawmakers’ approving a bill to stop the Grain Belt Express transmission project after previous efforts failed. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES:
• A Santee Cooper investor sues the South Carolina utility and its former chief executive, claiming they violated securities laws by not disclosing financial risks of a failing nuclear power project. (Post and Courier)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new CEO talks with the utility’s council about its long-range energy plan and ways to boost renewable energy production. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

OIL & GAS:
• A former air quality inspector in Colorado says rule infractions from the oil and gas industry rarely led to meaningful sanctions from state environmental regulators. (The Story Group)

EFFICIENCY:
Officials in some Illinois cities are still wary about the upfront cost of replacing streetlights with LEDs despite financial incentives and long-term energy savings. (Energy News Network)
• The construction of new, completely electric homes in Californiacould save homeowners up to $540 a year compared to owners of gas-fueled homes, according to a new utility-funded study. (Daily Energy Insider)

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POLITICS: Among the 18 Democrats running for president, there is agreement that we should take action on climate change, but a range of opinions on what form that should take. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: Rocky Mountain Institute researchers make the case for a market-driven Green New Deal, listing multiple Midwest states where utilities are transitioning to renewables to save customers money. (New York Times)

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