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Baltimore sues oil and gas companies for climate change damage

OIL AND GAS: Baltimore sues 26 oil and gas companies for damages that fossil fuels and climate change have caused on the city. (CityLab)

ALSO:
• The Trump administration considers allowing seismic testing for oil and gas in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (The Guardian)
• Oil industry executives fear the U.S. oil glut could turn into a shortage because of dwindling global supplies. (San Antonio Express-News)

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GRID: Experts say that a unification of the Western grid is likely inevitable, and while the focus is on California at the moment, there are multiple paths to achieve this. (Energy News Network)

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration is working on a plan that would curtail California’s ability to set standards for automotive emissions, which continue to grow despite the state’s progress on electricity. (Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times)

UTILITIES: Russian hackers have breached U.S. utility control rooms where they could cause blackouts, federal officials say. (Wall Street Journal)

NUCLEAR:
• A House-Senate conference committee effectively puts the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage issue on hold until after the midterm elections. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A South Carolina utility wants to sell leftover parts from an unfinished nuclear project, but there aren’t many prospective buyers. (Post and Courier)

COAL ASH:
• North Carolina’s attorney general appeals state regulators’ decision to let Duke Energy charge customers for coal ash clean up. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• North Carolina researchers say they’ve found a way to safely recycle coal ash into bricks, tiles, and soundproof barriers. (WFMY)

RENEWABLES:
As the first U.S. city to run entirely on renewable electricity, Burlington, Vermont, is inspiring other communities to follow suit. (The Guardian)
A report says electricity generation in the middle of the country could be carbon-free by 2050 with existing technology. (Minnesota Public Radio)
Indiana University researchers conclude that state renewable energy standards are key for driving clean energy development. (news release)

WIND:
• Offshore wind energy advocates push Virginia leaders to be more aggressive in bringing the industry to the state. (WAVY)
A judge dismisses a challenge seeking to reverse Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s executive order halting wind turbine permits. (Associated Press)
• A South Dakota wind turbine manufacturing facility will stay open despite announcing the potential for 400 layoffs last year. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
• Oklahoma landowners push back against a major wind energy and transmission project. (Tulsa World)

SOLAR:
• Kansas utility regulators hold a hearing this week on Westar Energy’s plan to add demand charges for residential solar customers. (E&E News, subscription)
• An Anchorage, Alaska neighborhood embraces solar energy through a bulk-buying program that lowers costs of panels. (Alaska Public Media)

POLICY:
New Jersey regulators face an ambitious agenda to expand renewables, reform solar policy and cut gas and electricity consumption. (NJ Spotlight)
A lawsuit challenges Connecticut officials’ authority to divert clean energy funds to meet a budget shortfall. (New Haven Register)

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PIPELINES: The Rover natural gas pipeline developer says Ohio environmental regulators are trying to delay the project. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: The Trump administration’s rush to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling undermines one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws, says former U.S. Fish and Wildlife director. (The Hill)

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