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‘Bleak’ report shows emissions rising after Paris climate agreement

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CLIMATE: “Deeper and faster cuts are now required” after a United Nations report finds global greenhouse gas emissions, including in the U.S. and China, continue to rise. (New York Times)

• U.S. Sen. Ed Markey proposes a bill that would allow more sanctions against foreign companies and individuals for “egregious behaviors” that contribute to climate change. (The Hill)
• A majority of Americans believe the federal government isn’t doing enough to address pollution and climate change, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. (The Hill)

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• Rising river temperatures will force more coal, natural gas and nuclear plants to curtail operations, underscoring the need for more grid infrastructure and renewables, researchers find. (E&E News, subscription)
• The head of ISO-New England says it’s challenging to balance its clean energy and low-costs objectives, and that a carbon price would help. (Utility Dive)
PG&E’s latest filing with state regulators suggests its system remains vulnerable to wildfire risk despite ongoing and expensive upgrades. (Utility Dive)

Murray Energy’s bankruptcy case revives concerns about an Ohio fund meant to pay for the closure and reclamation of coal mines. (Energy News Network)
• A Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing “appears increasingly likely” for Missouri-based Foresight Energy, analysts say. (Platts)
New Mexico’s largest utility says retrofitting the San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology would cost $1.3 billion more than its preferred long-term scenario. (Utility Dive)

• Brookline, Massachusetts’ recent vote to ban natural gas hookups in new buildings signals an important shift in local climate action as New England increasingly finds itself at a home-heating crossroads. (E&E News)
The federal government plans to reduce the cost of oil exploration and production in shallow waters off the Gulf of Mexico to increase drilling. (KLFY)

Norway offers Massachusetts a potential model as the state contemplates how it can raise its already high commitment to energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)
• Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak orders state agencies to submit plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across multiple sectors of the economy by December 2020. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A municipal power agency serving southern Minnesota plans to install dozens of fast-charging and Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: The CEO of American Electric Power say fossil fuels, including coal, will remain part of portfolios well into the next decade “as more of an insurance policy.” (Platts)

SOLAR: The number of Virginia K-12 schools switching to solar has nearly tripled since 2017, but that growth will stop unless lawmakers lift a cap on how much solar is allowed for schools and other entities. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: Federal regulators approve a new rate for recovering costs of grid upgrades in grid operator MISO’s region, which could be a template for transmission projects across the U.S. (E&E News, subscription)

HYDROPOWER: Arizona tribes object to proposals to dam a Colorado River tributary in northern Arizona for hydropower. (Associated Press)

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BIOMASS: Vermont encourages wood burning to replace oil heat but the fuel has its own set of climate and environmental impacts. (InsideClimate News)

• Digital circuit breakers could help manage the flow of power as more distributed resources come online, writes Vox’s David Roberts.
• A watchdog group reports Peabody Energy is having difficulty finding utilities that want to accept its annual “clean coal” award. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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