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‘Clean coal’ pollution regularly exceeds conventional power plants

COAL: U.S. power plants that burned refined “clean coal” underperformed the rest of the industry in reducing nitrogen oxide emissions, an analysis finds. (Reuters)

COAL ASH: Dozens of plaintiffs must link their illness or death to coal ash exposure during the cleanup of TVA’s 2008 Kingston coal ash spill after a jury found the contracting company guilty of failing to protect them. (InsideClimate News)

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• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a staunch backer of the coal industry, is poised to lead the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (Bloomberg)
• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is fueling speculation he’ll run for president on a climate change focused platform. (Rolling Stone)
• The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) rejects a Michigan lawmaker’s proposal to endorse electric market competition. (Utility Dive)

Washington, D.C.’s green bank will fund projects that expand renewable energy, cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase efficiency. (Smart Cities Dive)
A coalition of businesses, nonprofits and other advocates seek to revive renewable energy policies in Maine. (Energy News Network)

• President Trump’s tariffs have suppressed the solar industry’s growth but haven’t hurt it as much as many expected. (NBC News)
• Wisconsin’s largest solar group-buying program is spearheaded by an all-volunteer citizen-led nonprofit. (Energy News Network)
A farm in Vermont is successfully growing saffron beneath a ground-mounted solar installation. (Addison County Independent)

• President Trump’s top economic adviser says the White House wants to end incentives for EV purchases, though it would require an act of Congress. (Bloomberg)
• Missouri ratepayer advocates say Ameren’s cost recovery proposal for EV charging infrastructure should be tied to meeting adoption goals. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: A new study finds that converting gas heat pumps to electric could slash greenhouse gas emissions in half in California homes. (Greentech Media)

TRANSPORTATION: A California lawmaker introduces legislation that would direct air quality regulators to come up with a plan ensuring all cars sold in the state are free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. (San Francisco Chronicle)

• New legislation would allow the National Park Service to approve Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction under the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Author and pipeline activist Winona LaDuke is among several applicants for an open seat on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. (Associated Press)
• Six states and D.C. ask FERC to scrap plans to limit climate reviews for natural gas pipeline applications. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina mayors plan to fight the Trump administration’s seismic testing permits for oil drilling in the Atlantic. (WSAV)

POWER PLANTS: Steam released from two power plants in northeastern Nebraska cause an increase in snowfall in the area. (Motherboard)

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UTILITIES: Citing its efforts to beef up clean energy in Colorado, a utility industry publication names Xcel Energy “Utility of the Year.” (Utility Dive)

Massachusetts should embrace clean energy instead of expanding its natural gas system, says the chair of a local climate justice group. (Boston Globe)
• Texas should share renewable energy resources with Mexico to help it hit clean energy goals, an engineering professor says. (San Antonio Express-News)

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