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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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POLITICS:
• 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)

RENEWABLES:
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)

SOLAR:
• 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)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• 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)

PIPELINES:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
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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