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As Keystone XL gets green light, oil-by-rail brake rules get scrapped

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PIPELINES: The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline plans to start construction next year after a U.S. State Department review found that spills were unlikely. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• Oil safety regulators throw out Obama-era requirements for crude oil and ethanol trains to install advanced braking systems. (E&E News, subscription)
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke scoffs at the the notion that he’s giving away public lands to oil and gas companies. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR: Georgia solar advocates hope new model solar zoning rules can help streamline permitting, minimize disputes, and accelerate development. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Three participants in a secretive wind energy panel convened by Maine Gov. Paul LePage have resigned, including a wind opponent who says the group has not met in four months. (Portland Press Herald)
• A study finds offshore wind farms make minimal noise once completed, but noise during construction can be an issue. (ecoRI News)

RENEWABLES:
Washington D.C.’s city council considers a proposal for a 100 percent renewable energy standard by 2032, which would be the most aggressive in the country. (ThinkProgress)
• A California city pledges to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2035, a decade before the deadline set by the state. (The Tribune)

GRID:
• A recent report outlines how Rhode Island can update its aging grid to accommodate aggressive clean energy targets. (Energy News Network)
• New Jersey begins soliciting input on how to modernize its grid. (NJ Spotlight)

FUEL EFFICIENCY: The Trump administration opens a series of meetings in California about its plan to roll back fuel efficiency standards. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois regulators seek input on what electric vehicles will mean for grid resiliency and energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)

POWER PLANTS: New England ISO seeks to cancel its capacity agreement with a proposed Rhode Island natural gas plant, putting the project’s future in question. (Utility Dive)

COAL ASH:
A federal appellate panel overturns an order that would have required Tennessee Valley Authority to remove coal ash at a Tennessee power plant. (Associated Press)
Duke Energy claims water samples near a flooded North Carolina coal ash site show no negative impacts to the Cape Fear River, but environmental advocates say otherwise. (Associated Press)

COAL: The fifth National Black Lung Association — a group that aims to lobby Congress for black lung medical benefits for miners — opens in Boone County, West Virginia. (WOWK)

NUCLEAR: A municipal utilities board votes to continue expansion of the Vogtle nuclear plant, but another owner says it will only move forward if cost caps are put in place. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press)

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DIVESTMENT: After rejecting demands to divest from fossil fuels, the former head of a New York pension fund takes a position on the board of a natural gas company. (WYNC)

COMMENTARY: Candidates for federal and state offices in Florida are sending mixed messages to voters about offshore drilling, an editorial board says. (Tampa Bay Times)

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