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Clean energy advocates optimistic about newly elected governors

MIDTERMS: Clean energy ballot measures failed, but voters in several states elected governors committed to increasing renewable energy. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
• Advocates say new Democratic governors in the Midwest may be an opportunity to rekindle efforts at regional clean energy policies. (E&E News, subscription)
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is now the lone pro-coal Democrat after winning re-election. (E&E News, subscription)
A woman inspired to run for office after a pipeline was built next to her home is elected to Pennsylvania’s legislature. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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COAL ASH: A federal jury rules that Jacobs Engineering, a contractor hired to oversee TVA’s Kingston coal ash spill cleanup, endangered workers who were poisoned. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• California’s largest utility proposes a new subscription rate plan for customers using commercial EV charging that would charge a flat monthly fee similar to a cell phone data plan. (Greentech Media)
• Xcel Energy’s CEO discusses the future of electric vehicles and the utility’s planned $25 million investment in charging technology. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A new organization in Minnesota pushes for investments in electric buses, particularly in areas most affected by air pollution. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• Colorado’s newly elected governor isn’t saying whether he’ll seek new rules for the oil and gas industry. (Denver Post)
Drilling in the Permian Basin is picking back up after fracking was slowed for three months because of pipeline shortages. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES:
Mountain Valley Pipeline developers submit an application to FERC for a 73-mile extension of the pipeline into North Carolina. (Roanoke Times)
A federal appeals court orders a temporary halt to a water-crossing permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a proposed hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts call for an independent study to determine if the 145-mile line would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND:
U.S. authorities approve the acquisition of Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind by the Danish offshore wind developer Orsted. (Maritime Executive)
The port city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, readies itself to be the launching point for the country’s first full-scale offshore wind farm. (WBUR)

STORAGE: A $20 million energy storage grant program launched last year in Massachusetts is beginning to show results. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: Boston developers want to use the passive house building standard, which aims for near net-zero energy use, on skyscrapers. (Bisnow)

POWER PLANTS: Clean energy groups are concerned Ohio lawmakers will use a recent report by grid operator PJM to justify passing subsidies for aging coal and nuclear plants before the end of the year. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
• The Union of Concerned Scientists says policies are needed to help keep existing nuclear plants open, citing their climate benefits. (Axios)
• A judge rules that South Carolina electric cooperatives can continue a lawsuit against Santee Cooper to stop the utility from charging customers for an unfinished nuclear project. (The State)

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CARBON: After voters in Washington reject creating a carbon fee, several East Coast states are now considering similar legislative proposals. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• The president of the Union of Concerned Scientists explains why it’s taking a hard look at nuclear plant closures. (Union of Concerned Scientists blog)
• The election produced some wins for the climate, but also underscored the power of the fossil fuel industry, Bill McKibben writes. (New York Times)

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