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At fossil fuel industry gathering, a very different conversation on climate

CLIMATE: As world leaders gather at the United Nations to discuss the climate crisis, state energy officials from across the South meet in Kentucky to talk about relaxing regulations for fossil fuels. (InsideClimate News)

PIPELINES:
The Supreme Court is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether it will review a lower court’s decision that the U.S. Forest Service lacked authority to authorize the Atlantic Coast pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail. (E&E News, subscription)
• A federal agency says a fatal gas explosion last year in Massachusetts was caused by engineering errors and lax oversight by the utility Columbia Gas. (Boston Herald)

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COAL:
A proposed agreement to close a troubled Illinois coal plant by 2022 includes $8.6 million for local clean energy projects. (Energy News Network)
• An audit alleges West Virginia regulators have been skirting a law meant to ensure coal mine reclamation bonds are on solid financial ground. (WCHS)
• A Sierra Club report says pollution controls at a Duke Energy coal plant in North Carolina are removing less pollution than they did in 2009. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

EMISSIONS: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz plans to adopt California’s stricter emission standards for cars, trucks and SUVs, aligning with 15 other states amid a lawsuit with the Trump administration. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR:
• A utility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula looks to buy power from a large-scale solar project while facing criticism that it’s limiting customer-owned generation, reflecting a statewide trend. (Energy News Network)
• A Maryland suburb may become the first major jurisdiction outside California to adopt a mandate for new homes to include rooftop solar. (Washington Post)
• A solar company executive says a lack of federal leadership on decarbonization makes it important to extend a solar investment tax credit. (Greentech Media) 

WIND: Experts say California’s electrification push could make it the groundbreaking market for floating offshore wind farms in the U.S. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: The U.S. Department of Energy awards 15 prizes for research aimed at keeping electric vehicle batteries out of landfills. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear energy lobbyists spent $6.5 million in Pennsylvania since the third quarter of 2018 in an attempt to get state lawmakers to provide subsidies, a watchdog group says. (Press & Journal)

OVERSIGHT:
The Interior Department is planning to distribute key staff to different locations around the West, a move insiders say will complicate permitting for energy projects. (Politico)
California and 16 other states are suing the Trump administration over rollback of the Endangered Species Act, a move the Interior Secretary, a former oil lobbyist, says is a “necessary modernization” of the law. (Los Angeles Times)
Coal executive Bob Murray is supposed to give an address next month at a Kentucky event sponsored by FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee. (E&E News, subscription)

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UTILITIES: Michigan utility DTE Energy announces plans for its electric subsidiary to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

COMMENTARY: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s carbon-free energy plan is good, but not as ambitious as it could be, an editorial board says. (Roanoke Times)

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