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As emissions climb, cities and states debate policies

CARBON: U.S. carbon emissions grew 3.1 percent in 2018 as global emissions reached a record high. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Oregon lawmakers propose a sweeping set of amendments to a controversial cap and trade bill in an effort to win approval. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
• The mayor of Goshen, Indiana, sets a citywide carbon-neutral goal by 2035. (Washington Times Herald)
• Colorado lawmakers are divided over whether legislation seeking a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 should be a mandate or a goal. (Utility Dive)

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RENEWABLES:
• Puerto Rico’s legislature approves a 100 percent renewable energy target by 2050 that would revamp the island’s energy system. (Greentech Media)
• The New Orleans City Council is looking into a renewable energy mandate for the city. (PV Magazine)

EFFICIENCY:
• The Trump administration is set to roll back Obama-era regulations designed to make a variety of speciality light bulbs more efficient. (NPR)
• Outdoor recreation retailer REI operates the largest net-zero distribution center in the world in Goodyear, Arizona. (Phoenix Business Journal)

SOLAR:
• An Arizona solar company has turned out to be the biggest beneficiary in the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on solar imports. (Bloomberg)
• After a campaign by solar advocates, West Virginia regulators will gather more information about net metering before changing the rules. (CleanTechnica)
• The New Hampshire Legislature takes up a net metering bill this week that must overcome opposition from Gov. Chris Sununu. (NHPR)

WIND: A construction permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers is a “big step forward” for an offshore wind project in Cleveland. (FOX8)

NUCLEAR:
• The Union of Concerned Scientists is among the green groups with evolving views on nuclear power because of its potential climate benefits. (E&E News)
More nuclear power plants are closing, but the U.S. recently hit a record amount of energy produced by them. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• Global carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants reached a new record high in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency. (Washington Post)
• The U.S. EPA says Missouri’s plan to oversee coal ash disposal is not strong enough. (St. Louis Public Radio)

DIVESTMENT: Massachusetts legislators consider a bill that would make it easier for local retirement systems to divest from fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Offshore drilling will likely be a topic this week at a confirmation hearing for Trump’s nominee to head of the Interior Department. (Saporta Report)
South Carolina Rep. Joe Cunningham is chosen to be the lead sponsor of an offshore drilling ban proposal the House has committed to advancing. (The State)

PIPELINES: An upcoming legal opinion by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel could decide the future of Line 5. (Michigan Advance)

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UTILITIES:
• A study says Michigan utilities “manipulate” regulatory and political systems to their benefit and the detriment of ratepayers. (Energy News Network)
• A Michigan utility reaches a deal with stakeholders over its long-term energy plan, which had been in jeopardy. (Energy News Network)

POLITICS:
• U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sets a vote today on the Green New Deal in a move aimed at dividing Democrats. (Reuters)
• Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander proposes a “New Manhattan Project” for clean energy that would double research funding over five years. (E&E News)

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