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WIND: Wind energy proponents say the industry is “ready to compete in a subsidy-free world” but some analysts still anticipate a slowdown. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: A lawsuit over Ohio’s wind setbacks centers on whether various stakeholders had a chance to be heard before stricter terms were adopted in a last-minute budget bill amendment in 2014. (Energy News Network)

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RENEWABLES:
Renewable energy is surging, but not fast enough to stop dangerous climate change, according to a pair of recent reports. (Scientific American)
• Democratic lawmakers in Nevada plan to introduce legislation to increase the state’s renewable energy standards rather than waiting until voters decide on a constitutional amendment in 2020. (Las Vegas Sun)
Minnesota can economically get 70 percent of its power from renewables by 2050, according to a state-commissioned study. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR: Solar loans emerge as the dominant financing tool for residential systems, outpacing third-party ownership, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE:
A new approach to resiliency involves using battery storage and other “non-wire alternatives” to provide backup power. (Energy News Network)
A Swiss/Southern California startup unveils an unusually creative mechanical storage concept using stacks of concrete blocks. (Greentech Media)

GRID:
• The sale of a planned Midwest transmission project leaves some customers more hopeful that it will be completed. (Energy News Network)
State regulators butt heads with the CEO of PJM Interconnection over the authority to site power plants at a regulatory conference. (Utility Dive)

COAL:
Appalachian advocacy groups highlight 20 projects that could give new life to abandoned mines and spur economic development. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Coal production increased in Montana since the beginning of the year even though several coal companies are struggling to survive. (Billings Gazette)

COAL ASH:
• A report by Dominion Energy says it would cost billions of dollars to recycle toxic coal ash in Virginia, and customers would foot the bill. (Associated Press)
• North Carolina regulators won’t force Duke Energy to dig up and move coal ash at seven coal-fired power plants sites declared “low risk.” (WFAE)

BIOMASS: A 37 MW biomass plant shuts down in northeast Maine, after facing a “confluence” of economic challenges. (Bangor Daily News)

HYDRO: Québec Premier François Legault makes his first official visit to New England to promote the sale of Canadian hydropower to the region. (iPolitics)

OIL & GAS:
• Without enough workers, thousands of Permian Basin oil and gas wells could sit idle in 2019. (Dallas Morning News)
• Oklahoma’s Supreme Court sides with the oil industry in a case challenging a county’s restrictions on energy development. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES: North Carolina lawmakers vote to hire investigators to look into whether Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration improperly approved the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on a condition that the developer contribute almost $58 million to a state environmental mitigation fund. (News & Observer)

BIOFUEL: A pro-biofuels group askes a federal judge to stop the EPA from exempting small refineries from renewable fuel laws until a lawsuit is decided. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: A coalition of West Coast commercial crab fishermen sues 30 oil and gas companies over damage to the industry caused by climate change. (InsideClimate News)

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POLITICS: A FERC nominee is likely to face tough questions from a Senate committee about his involvement with the Trump administration’s plans to bail out coal and nuclear plants. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: As utilities face increasing pressure from shareholders and corporate customers for clean energy, Ohio lawmakers should encourage the transition instead of hinder it, says an official with sustainability nonprofit Ceres. (Energy News Network)

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