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• Congressional Democrats have a long-shot chance to address climate change this year by attaching clean energy tax credits to a must-pass spending bill. (Vox)
• Exxon’s win in New York is unlikely to affect other climate lawsuits due to the range of legal strategies and theories involved, an expert says. (Grist)

RENEWABLES: Georgetown, Texas, once praised for its aggressive transition to renewable energy, will hire a Shell Oil subsidiary to manage its energy portfolio. (KUT)

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HYDROGEN: Experts see growing potential for hydrogen as a fuel source in the Midwest, particularly for industrial uses. (Energy News Network)

• Michigan clean energy advocates fear proposed changes to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act could stifle solar development. (Energy News Network)
• An industry born on residential rooftops is rapidly expanding to open tracts of land and raising concerns in some communities. (E&E News, subscription) 

STORAGE: California regulators propose shifting an energy storage incentive to help customers at highest risk of wildfires and blackouts. (Greentech Media)

OFFSHORE WIND: Three New England states express support for offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine as a task force meets to explore development. (Associated Press)

• An Oregon company’s small modular reactor is a step closer to federal approval as regulators complete an advanced safety evaluation. (Portland Business Journal)
A Minnesota nuclear plant is among multiple environmental concerns for the Prairie Island Indian Community. (MPR News)

New U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette criticizes New York for its refusal to allow new gas pipelines that would bring more fuel into New England. (Reuters)
• Emails show a private security firm hired by Enbridge shared information about pipeline protesters’ activity in Michigan with local law enforcement. (Interlochen Public Radio)
Mountain Valley Pipeline will pay $2.15 million for environmental damage in Virginia and could be fined more for additional violations. (Roanoke Times)

• U.S. energy regulators approve a company’s request to start site preparation work at a proposed liquefied natural gas export project in Louisiana. (Reuters)
• One of Texas’ top oil and gas regulators defends the practice of allowing shale producers to flare natural gas and slams fracking ban proposals. (Bloomberg)
Harold Hamm, who played a major role in the development of North Dakota’s shale oil boom, will step down as CEO of Continental Resources at the end of the year. (Bismarck Tribune)

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UTILITIES: Virginia lawmakers unveil a bill to reestablish state regulators’ authority to set electric rates and profit levels for Dominion Energy. (Washington Post)

• An MIT researcher says batteries are critical to the future but still face limitations, especially in climates with less solar energy available. (PV Magazine)
• An asset manager says New York wasted time and resources in its failed climate suit against Exxon when imposing a carbon tax would have been more effective. (Albany Times Union)

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