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Can we meet climate targets without the oil industry?

CLIMATE: An IEA report notes that oil industry support for clean energy amounted to just 0.8% of capital expenditures last year, and warns greater involvement will be needed to meet climate targets. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A new petrochemical plant in Louisiana will be one of the largest CO2 emitters in the country — equivalent to adding 2.6 million cars to the road — when it goes online in 2029. (E&E News)
• An appeals court dismisses a youth-led climate lawsuit against the federal government, saying “such relief is beyond our constitutional power. (New York Times)

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UTILITIES:
• Tri-State Generation and Transmission says its recently announced clean energy moves will save money, though it’s still not clear if the changes will satisfy members who have been seeking to leave the co-op. (Energy News Network)
Analysts say utilities will likely spend less time fighting distributed energy resources going forward and focus on how they can benefit customers and the grid. (Utility Dive)
A group of lawmakers from North and South Carolina propose legislation that would study electricity market reforms in order to break up Duke and Dominion Energy’s monopolies and create a more competitive system. (WFAE)

OIL & GAS:
• An investigation finds that radioactive contamination could be making oilfield workers sick as they have little training to deal with the materials. (Rolling Stone)
California announces a federal lawsuit aiming to stop Trump administration plans to open federal lands in the state to oil and gas drilling, including fracking. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL:
• Consumer advocates and environmental groups say proposed Indiana legislation to bail out coal plants would cost ratepayers and stall utility coal retirement plans. (Indianapolis Star)
• Xcel Energy says running two of its four Minnesota coal generators on a part-time basis will save ratepayers money and reduce carbon emissions. (Star Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: An anti-transmission project group in Maine is hit with an ethics complaint by a political action committee funded by Central Maine Power could force the group to disclose its donors. (Bangor Daily News)

TRANSPORTATION:
Environmental groups and officials from Minnesota’s two largest cities oppose a state plan to spend up to $8.2 million in Volkswagen settlement funds on fossil fuel vehicles and equipment. (Energy News Network)
• Conservative organizations hold a Boston summit and say momentum is building against a regional tailpipe emissions plan they say will only raise costs and hurt consumers. (SouthCoastToday)
• A bill has been filed in the Maine Legislature to convert all of the state’s 3,000 school buses to electric by 2040. (Portland Press Herald)
• California lawmakers debate whether electric vehicle owners should continue to get a break on the state’s gas tax, which amounts to more than $32 million in lost transportation revenue per year. (Los Angeles Times)

TECHNOLOGY: Venture capital investment in battery storage doubled last year, according to a new report. (Houston Chronicle)

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POLITICS: Conservative states engage in “linguistic acrobatics” as they seek federal aid for climate-fueled natural disasters without mentioning climate change. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• A Vermont activist says actions in a small states are largely symbolic but are worth doing in the battle against climate change. (VT Digger)
• A Utah editorial board acknowledges the climate is changing but says “it makes little sense to attack this problem with government-imposed restrictions.” (Deseret News)

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