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Attorneys general ask EPA to halt plan to limit “secret science”

EPA: A group of eight Democratic attorneys general imply they may sue the EPA if Administrator Scott Pruitt doesn’t rescind a proposed regulation to limit the use of science at the agency. (The Hill)

ALSO:
The EPA received 10 threats targeted at Pruitt in the last six months, which is not abnormally high compared to his predecessors. (New York Times)
Top Trump administration officials say the president’s support for Pruitt may be waning due to mounting ethics scandals. (New York Times)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN: The EPA plans to finalize a repeal of the Clean Power Plan, but the agency will be at a legal disadvantage if it fails to replace the plan. (E&E News)

POLICY: A House subcommittee votes to give $44.7 billion to the DOE and Army Corps of Engineers, part of which will go towards funding for fossil fuel energy and nuclear research programs. (The Hill)

POLITICS:
Energy Secretary Rick Perry is betraying a long history of free market principles by backing a Trump administration plan to subsidize uneconomical coal and nuclear plants. (Houston Chronicle)
President Trump tells West Virginia voters via Twitter to vote against former coal executive Don Blankenship in today’s Republican primary. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
Solar module manufacturer Suniva, which successfully petitioned the Trump administration for tariffs on import solar panels, is going under and auctioning its assets. (Greentech Media)
With net-metering no longer tenable in many states, policymakers are working on new rate designs to promote solar-plus-storage growth. (Utility Dive)
Corporations like Target are embracing on-site solar and storage because it saves money and fosters good will with local communities. (GreenBiz)

WIND: The U.S. Navy wants to prevent offshore wind development in large swaths of California but federal and state officials are pushing for a compromise. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

RENEWABLES: The Energy Information Administration estimates gas will outpace renewables in 2018, but more than 4 gigawatts of solar will come online. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS: Experts say gasoline prices could exceed $3 per gallon if President Trump pulls the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal due to sanctions on the country’s oil exports. (Vox)

PIPELINES: Police arrest about a dozen demonstrators for protesting Canada’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline at a Chase Bank branch in Seattle. (Seattle Times)

UTILITIES: A public vote on whether to create a municipal utility in Decorah, Iowa, may head to a recount after the proposal failed to pass by five votes. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY: A new study by the University of Chicago concludes that “dynamic pricing” is more likely to change utility customers’ energy efficiency behavior than moral persuasion. (Midwest Energy News)

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CLIMATE: Climate modelers come up with new scenarios that show what it would take to hit the targets of the Paris Climate accord. (Vox)

COMMENTARY:
A new revenue model that rewards performance will help utilities prosper, says the vice president of Energy Innovation. (Forbes)
Recent pipeline protests in Appalachia reflect a dynamic shift in politics in the region, says a staff writer at New Republic.

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