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Climate threats compound challenges for nuclear plants

NUCLEAR: A new report warns that Midwestern nuclear plants are at risk of climate-related stresses, which could harm states’ ability to cut carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Analysts say Exelon is likely to strike a deal to keep two Illinois nuclear plants open, despite threats of a shutdown. (Reuters)

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COAL:
• In contrast to the 2016 campaign, speakers at the Republican National Convention last week did not focus on helping the struggling coal industry and its workers. (Washington Post)
• Appalachian stakeholders wonder what four more years of President Trump would mean for the region’s coal industry as promises to put miners back to work have mostly gone unfulfilled. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• A federal court orders Pennsylvania to rewrite regulations for coal plant emissions that it calls “weak and unenforceable.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Wyoming environmental regulators say the state’s effort to clean up abandoned coal mines is creating much-needed jobs. (Casper Star-Tribune)

GRID: Industry groups say rules proposed by the Trump administration to prevent foreign threats to the grid may be overly restrictive. (The Hill)

OIL & GAS:
Struggling U.S. oil companies are pushing for trade negotiations to open new markets for plastics in Africa. (New York Times)
The future of an offshore oil drilling moratorium off the coast of Florida could hinge on the outcome of the presidential election. (Tampa Bay Times)
New Mexico’s climate change initiatives continue to be at odds with the state’s record oil production and its impact on communities, and its Indigenous population in particular. (Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico Political Report)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management says nearly half of the $8.2 million in revenue from last week’s oil and gas lease sale will go to the states where the leases are located. (Associated Press)

WIND:
• A recent European report finding no impact on lobster fishing from offshore wind provides a template for collaboration between the two industries. (Energy News Network)
• Ohio regulators may reconsider a ruling next month on plans for a Lake Erie pilot wind energy project. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: An Arizona utility disputes claims it is unfairly limiting rooftop solar connections. (Arizona Daily Star)

UTILITIES: A feasibility study says it would be too costly for the city of Chicago to establish a municipally run electric utility. (WBEZ)

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POLITICS: Republicans did not mention climate change as a threat to the U.S. during their convention last week, in sharp contrast to growing public concern, as speakers also made misleading claims about Joe Biden’s energy proposals. (E&E News, The Hill)

COMMENTARY: A conservative activist laments that Republicans continue to cede ground to Democrats by ignoring climate change. (The Hill)

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