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Arizona coal plant receives approval to operate through 2019

• The Navajo coal plant in Arizona, which was slated for closure this year, receives approval to stay online through 2019. (The Hill)
• The narrative that the Trump administration has ended the “war on coal” appears to be convincing many West Virginians. (New Republic)

POLICY: Experts say an obscure and “extremely problematic” provision in the Senate tax bill could end the principal financing mechanism that has fostered growth of the renewable energy sector. (Greentech Media)

• President Trump’s trade representative sends a letter asking the U.S. International Trade Commission for a report to help the president take “appropriate and feasible action” on proposed tariffs. (Bloomberg)
• New tariffs on imported solar panels could make it uneconomical for schools to install solar systems. (Greentech Media)
• Google’s Project Sunroof stops offering leads to certain companies on its partner platform and starts directing potential solar buyers to companies listed on Google’s main search pages instead. (Greentech Media)
• A huge oilfield in California will start using an 850 megawatt solar thermal array to cut down on its natural gas consumption. (Washington Post)
• A solar energy advocacy group has outlined its plan to install commercial solar systems in an effort to help boost the economy in southwest Virginia. (Southeast Energy News)

WIND: Opponents of a stalled wind project off the coast of Massachusetts are appealing a federal agency’s decision to leave the project’s lease in place. (Associated Press)

GRID: Minnesota-based Xcel Energy says a flood of clean energy project proposals has come in since the completion of the 800-mile-long CapX2020 transmission project in late September. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: Authorities in Washington state disperse up to 30 anti-fracking protesters who were blocking railroad tracks in an attempt to stop trains from transporting frac sand. (Associated Press)

• North Carolina has requested more information about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, this time asking developers to substantiate economic development claims and address whether the pipeline will be extended into South Carolina. (Southeast Energy News)
• TransCanada will run an inspection device to make sure there aren’t similar characteristics along the Keystone pipeline that caused a recent spill. (Associated Press)
• Environmental groups ask a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit against them by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline, which claims the groups harmed the company through their opposition to the project. (Associated Press)

• The U.S. EPA sets 2018 levels for required ethanol blending at roughly the same rate as 2017. (Radio Iowa)
• Minnesota-based Cargill plans to build a $90 million biodiesel plant in Kansas. (Wichita Business Journal)

• A Senate panel advances President Trump’s nominee to serve as the top White House environmental adviser, despite criticism over her disbelief in climate science. (The Hill)
• Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was released from prison seven months ago for his role in coal mine safety violations that led to the deaths of 29 miners, is planning to run for U.S. Senate in West Virginia. (Mother Jones)

REGULATION: Richard Glick, a Democrat and former renewable energy lobbyist, formally joins the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (The Hill)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The EPA wraps up its two-day public hearing in West Virginia on the Clean Power Plan, with many coal advocates voicing support for the proposed repeal. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

COMMENTARY: An electricity sector expert discusses what the term “resilience” means in the context of a clean energy future. (Greentech Media)

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