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Clean energy proposals gain steam in several states

CLEAN ENERGY: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announces a plan to move the state to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050 as legislation in Illinois goes further by omitting nuclear power. (Minnesota Public Radio, Greentech Media)

• A group of Democratic lawmakers propose California spend $100 billion over the next 12 years to dramatically curtail carbon emissions and boost clean energy. (Associated Press)
• A bill that aims to phase out coal and increase clean energy use in New Mexico is headed to the state Senate for a vote. (Albuquerque Journal)
A New Hampshire bill up for a vote this week would create a commission to enable the state to enter long-term contracts for clean energy. (Energy News Network)
• Atlanta officials approve a plan to run all city facilities on clean energy by 2035. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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• Detroit officials near completion on a citywide solar energy assessment as residents seek community benefits from projects. (Energy News Network)
In Connecticut, historic preservation boards are finding ways to compromise on solar panels. (Energy News Network)
Tesla’s decision to close most of its stores and focus on selling cars online could make it harder to sell its solar products, analysts said. (Reuters)

STORAGE: U.S. energy storage deployments are expected to double in 2019, then triple in 2020, according to industry research. (Greentech Media)

Renewable energy development in PJM territory is lagging other regions, primarily because of the availability of cheap natural gas. (Energy News Network)
• Texas landowners urge lawmakers to add protections when companies try to take property through eminent domain, and a GOP senator clashes with the oil industry over the issue. (Austin American-Statesman, Texas Tribune)
• With the oil boom in the Permian Basin has come an uptick in deadly crashes on Texas highways, and officials are exploring solutions. (Marketplace)

• Small pipelines are not under any regulation, so companies can’t be held responsible when explosions happen. (E&E News)
• For the last year, tree-sitters have been blockading the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. (City Lab)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Republican-led Southern coastal states are leading the fight against offshore drilling. (ThinkProgress)

A carbon-free energy deal may not be enough to save Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear plant. (Boston Globe)
• Federal officials monitor South Carolina utility SCANA and the legal fallout from the VC Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

COAL ASH: North Carolina State University researchers use bacteria to produce “biocement” in coal ash ponds, making the coal ash easier to store and lowering the risk of spills. (Science Daily)

CLEAN ECONOMY: A Philadelphia radio station launches an initiative to connect black residents with opportunities in the clean energy sector. (WHYY)

Utilities are finding innovative ways to prepare for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. (Yale Climate Connections)
The oil industry ramps up lobbying efforts to scrap a federal tax credit for electric vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)

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POLITICS: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a 2020 presidential candidate, says President Trump’s view of wind power is “simply moronic.” (The Hill)

• Nuclear power can do a lot of good, but it can’t match the ambition of a Green New Deal, Robinson Meyer writes. (The Atlantic)
• The U.S. needs to decouple energy productivity and economic growth to accelerate emissions reductions, an analyst writes. (Forbes)

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