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California and Washington join agreement to strengthen carbon pricing

CLIMATE:
• At a climate summit in Paris, California and Washington state join an agreement to step up the use of pricing CO2 emissions to slow climate change. (New York Times, Reuters)
• The Arctic is experiencing unprecedented warming, with sea ice declining at a rate not seen in at least the last 1,500 years, according to a report by a group of federal scientists. (Washington Post)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. solar supply chain and small businesses could suffer the most if tariffs are imposed on imported solar panels. (Supply Chain Dive)
• Maine’s Republican governor wants to reverse a decision to delay a phase-out in net-metering compensation for new solar panel owners. (Associated Press)
• Arizona Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments on whether leased rooftop solar systems should be subject to property tax. (Associated Press)
• Utility Dive takes a detailed look at the controversial solar tariff case launched by Suniva and SolarWorld. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: How the rise of utility-scale battery storage could kill demand for natural-gas peaker plants in the U.S. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
• Oregon utility regulators agree to acknowledge a plan by Portland-based PacifiCorp to spend $3.5 billion on wind turbines and a transmission line, but the project still may not get built. (Portland Business Journal)
• The Department of Energy announces almost $20 million will be used for research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind technologies in the United States. (Coastal Review Online)

EFFICIENCY: A new study from the University of Michigan says utility energy efficiency programs disproportionately benefit wealthier ratepayers. (Midwest Energy News)

TRANSPORTATION: Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy will build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel-cell power plant with a hydrogen fueling station in Southern California to support Toyota’s hydrogen-fueled Mirai sedans and new heavy-duty trucks. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A PepsiCo executive says the company has reserved 100 Tesla electric Semi trucks in the largest public pre-order of the big rigs thus far. (Reuters)
• The sales process for electric vehicles at traditional car dealerships is “passive” and “wrought with inconsistencies,” according to a recent study. (Greentech Media)

CAP-AND-TRADE: California’s cap-and-trade program could generate more than $8 billion for state and regional programs by 2027, according to a new report. (Los Angeles Times)

OIL & GAS:
• In a brief regulatory filing, Exxon said it will start providing more details on how climate change could affect its business. (Associated Press)
• Two people were arrested in Washington state for locking themselves inside a construction crane tower to protest a liquefied natural gas plant. (Associated Press)
• Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson urges lawmakers to block drilling off the East Coast amid reports the Trump administration plans to open the door to energy exploration there. (USA Today)

PIPELINES:
• The French insurance giant Axa says it will stop insuring U.S. oil pipelines for business and ethical reasons. (The Guardian)
• Virginia’s State Water Control Board approves a certification for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, but delays its effective date. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Attorneys say a Dakota Access pipeline protester’s free speech rights were violated last year after being accused of shooting a handgun at arresting officers. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL:
• The Johns Hopkins University board of trustees votes to stop buying stocks and bonds of companies that focus on producing coal for electric power due to environmental and public health concerns. (Baltimore Sun)
• Nearly 20 percent of U.S. coal power now comes from refined coal, which helps reduce emissions, according to an Energy Information Administration report. (Tribune-Review)

NUCLEAR: A South Carolina utility tells state regulators it would go bankrupt if it’s forced to stop collecting $37 million a month from customers for a failed nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

COMMENTARY: A roundup of the most prominent grid edge policy actions this year, according to a senior associate for Advanced Energy Economy. (Advanced Energy Economy)

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