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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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

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)

• 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)

• 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)

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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