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California governor vetoes bill to slow Trump rollbacks

OVERSIGHT: California Governor Gavin Newsom stuns environmental advocates by vetoing a bill that would have made it easier for state regulators to counter the Trump administration’s rollback of clean air and endangered species regulations. (Associated Press)

The Interior Department says a comment denying a “climate crisis” had “no bearing” on its broader assessment of the environmental impact of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (E&E News)
• Ohio firefighters continue to be kept in the dark about potentially hazardous chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. (Energy News Network)

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• A longtime environmental advocate in Virginia the state is in a better position than ever to transition to clean energy, but a plan by Gov. Ralph Northam lacks specific goals. (Energy News Network)
• After passing a resolution to transition to 100% renewable energy in 2018, a committee in Norman, Oklahoma, sets a timeline and priorities for the upcoming year. (Associated Press)

Xcel Energy says a new 240 MW solar farm at a Pueblo, Colorado steel mill should be up and running by 2021. (Denver Post)
Farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley see solar farms as a lucrative new cash crop to counter chronic water shortages and as water supplies shrink under the states groundwater law. (Sacramento Bee)

OFFSHORE WIND: At an energy forum in Boston, the head of the federal agency that has delayed the permit for Vineyard Wind refuses to say when its review will be complete. (Commonwealth Magazine)

BIOFUELS: Northeastern heating oil dealers will press for state mandates to include some biofuels added to home heating oil to help them reach their carbon reduction goals. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: As the Supreme Court begins a new session, the justices could decide to wade into four major pipeline fights. (E&E News, subscription)

• Americans are willing to go only so far when it comes to changing habits to conserve energy and reduce emissions, a new poll suggests. (Associated Press)
• In Florida and the U.S., energy efficiency jobs are outpacing jobs in the solar or electric vehicle industries, a report from a business group shows. (Tampa Bay Times)

Navajo leaders say they were never informed about Navajo Transitional Energy Company’s purchase of Cloud Peak’s Wyoming coal mines, and it “cannot and should not be supported.” (Navajo Times)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority demolishes a coal plant in Alabama that ceased operations in 2015, and the utility is preparing the site for economic development. (AL.com)
• Norton, Virginia, city officials grow the area’s outdoor recreation industry to power the city’s post-coal economy. (Ohio Valley Resource)

COAL ASH: A new Illinois law regulating coal ash storage and cleanup will face its first test with two of the state’s most notorious storage sites. (Energy News Network)

REGULATION: The nation’s top utility regulator acknowledges frustration of various groups due to his agency’s inability to resolve a stalemate over the contentious PJM capacity market. (Greentech Media)

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ACTIVISM: Sixty-seven climate protestors are arrested for trespassing at a New Hampshire coal power in the largest display of civil disobedience in the state in decades. (Union Leader)

• Fossil fuel companies are likely to face a decades-long, metaphorical game of musical chairs as demand declines, an energy columnist writes. (Axios)
• A Florida scientist describes his experience with solar and energy storage he installed after Hurricane Irma to better prepare for storms like Hurricane Dorian. (CleanTechnica) 

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