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Climate change’s first major financial casualty

CLIMATE:
• Energy experts say PG&E’s bankruptcy filing is one of the first major financial casualties from climate change, and won’t be the last. (New York Times)
Climate change legislation in Rhode Island has so far done little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (ecoRI)

MICROGRIDS: As the threat of climate change-fueled wildfire continues to grow in the West, one San Francisco Bay-area clean energy developer is working with California fire stations to develop resilient microgrids. (Greentech Media)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Despite automaker promises to develop new electric vehicle models, only two are being unveiled at the Detroit auto show this week. (Associated Press)
Maryland regulators authorize the state’s utilities to install a network of more than 5,000 electric vehicle charging stations. (Baltimore Sun)
• Chattanooga, Tennessee will be home to a Volkswagen electric vehicle manufacturing plant, with the first vehicle rolling out in 2022. (WTVC)

OIL & GAS:
• The Trump administration is expected to relax rules for oil companies put in place after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (The Guardian)
Colorado’s Supreme Court rules that state regulators don’t have to prioritize public health and the environment over other considerations when issuing drilling permits. (The Colorado Independent)
• The West Virginia Supreme Court will hear a case involving landowners who want relief from the constant noise of living near oil and gas operations. (WVPB)

WIND:
The federal government postpones three more public meetings to discuss a wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard because of the shutdown. (reNEWS)
Rhode Island fishermen accuse the state of excluding them from talks about receiving compensation from Vineyard Wind’s developers for lost access to fishing grounds. (Providence Journal)
A report by Maine’s wind energy advisory commission finds no evidence that wind turbines significantly harm property values or tourism. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION:
• The Environmental Law and Policy Center assembles a team of experts to bolster its case against a proposed transmission line through southwestern Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A Nebraska lawmaker introduces legislation to block a proposed transmission project through the state’s scenic Sandhills region. (NET)

NUCLEAR:
• President Trump promised a “complete review” of the country’s nuclear energy sector, but there have been no public updates or announcements since then as reactors across the country continue to close. (E&E News, subscription)
The former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says in a new book that U.S. nuclear power is “more hazardous than it is worth.” (WISN)
A New Jersey nuclear plant faces the difficult task of decommissioning as the community adjusts to a loss in tax revenue. (New Jersey Monthly)
• South Carolina regulators rule that utility SCE&G misled them about a failing nuclear project in order to raise rates. (Charlotte Observer)

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WASHINGTON:
• Some hope the Trump administration will appoint a person with experience as a state regulator for a pending FERC vacancy. (E&E News, subscription)
• President Trump’s attorney general pick was accused of pressuring the EPA to insert a massive loophole into the Clean Air Act in 1992. (E&E News)

RESEARCH: The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $1.3 million to the University of Hawaii to further its research into converting ocean waves to energy. (University of Hawaii News)

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