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Bipartisan carbon tax bill would give money back to taxpayers

CARBON: A bipartisan group of lawmakers unveils a carbon tax and dividend proposal that would charge fossil fuel companies for their emissions and return all of the money to taxpayers. (The Hill)

RENEWABLES:
Washington, D.C.’s City Council casts a preliminary vote approving legislation to require 100 percent of district’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2032, with a final vote scheduled for December. (The Hill)
Texas renewable energy advocates brace for a fight in the next legislative session over tax breaks for wind and solar companies. (KXAN)

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BIOGAS: Dominion Energy announces a $250 million project with Smithfield Foods to capture methane from hog waste on Virginia farms and turn it into natural gas. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

TRANSMISSION: Maine’s governor-elect says she’s worried about the impact of a proposed hydropower transmission line on the state’s pristine wilderness. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
An Illinois county expect to approve 48 solar projects totaling two square miles as developers look to secure renewable energy credits. (Kankakee Daily Journal)
A Swiss clean energy company reaches a deal with a Nebraska power producer to develop 2,000 MW of solar across six Midwest states. (Platts)
A New York City solar company establishes an internship to help women gain hands-on experience in the solar industry. (Solar Industry)

STORAGE:
A pilot project in New Hampshire will be one of the most ambitious tests of a utility’s ability to use behind-the-meter battery storage systems. (Utility Dive)
A European battery company used by the wind and solar industries plans to expand its headquarters in Virginia Beach. (Southside Daily)

NUCLEAR:
• A South Carolina nuclear fuel plant worker is safe after spilling toxic acid on his clothes. (Associated Press)
• An energy company co-founded by Bill Gates is working with scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and others to build advanced nuclear reactors. (Stamford Advocate)

PIPELINES:
Another pipeline protester attached themself to a piece of Mountain Valley Pipeline equipment to stop construction in West Virginia. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)
Allies of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam criticize him for his decision to replace air and water regulators before key decisions on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Washington Post)

OIL & GAS:
• “That was me, people.” Former President Obama in Texas talks about America’s rising energy output under his watch. (E&E News, subscription)
Energy speculators are buying vast acres of land in the West at bargain basement prices as the Trump administration ramps up drilling on federal lands. (New York Times)
• A question before the Supreme Court over state and tribal jurisdiction in an Oklahoma murder case has potential implications for the oil and gas industry. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOFUELS: The Trump administration temporarily freezes a program that exempts some small oil refineries from biofuel blending requirements. (Reuters)

TRANSPORTATION: President Trump threatens to revoke General Motors’ electric vehicle tax credits after the company’s plan to close several plants, though experts say he wouldn’t be able to do so for a single company. (Detroit News)

COAL: A group of Appalachian organizations have an economic development plan to move past coal that includes clean energy jobs and affordable housing. (The Nation)

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CLIMATE: Oakland and San Francisco have replaced the attorneys representing them in their lawsuit against several major oil and gas companies over climate change impacts. (Forbes)

COMMENTARY: If Republicans want free market innovation, then they should support a carbon tax, says a columnist. (Washington Post)

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