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Coal group orchestrated state regulators’ power plant letters

COAL: Emails show that letters from regulators in six states urging a federal power plant bailout were coordinated by a coal industry group. (Bloomberg)

CALIFORNIA:
“This did not go well”: PG&E officials acknowledge multiple missteps during planned power outages last week. (New York Times)
Charities say PG&E’s blackouts are exposing economic disparity in Northern California, as low-income families don’t have the luxury of buying backup power. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS:
At a journalism conference in Colorado, acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley said calls to ban oil and gas leasing on federal lands are “absolutely insane” but declined to address his history of climate change denial. (E&E News, Colorado Public Radio)
Permian Basin oil employers say new restrictions on immigration are making it harder for them to find the workforce they need to maximize oil boom opportunities. (Reuters)
New York regulators order National Grid to immediately begin connecting 1,100 customers for natural gas that the utility denied service due to inadequate supplies. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
A federal appeals court puts a hold on two permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline while it reviews a lawsuit by environmental groups. (Associated Press)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill last weekend barring state leasing authorities from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be built on state property. (Associated Press)

MICHIGAN:
• In a shift for the office, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel brings an increased focus on clean energy advocacy and residential ratepayer support, and some critics are not happy about it. (Energy News Network)
• Nessel discusses in an extended interview the need to address climate change and why she seeks to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Analysts say Indiana utility NIPSCO’s plan to build out 2,300 MW of solar is rare for a coal-dependent and politically conservative state. (Times of Northwest Indiana)
• Louisiana regulators kill a net metering proposal, a milestone in the state-by-state battle over rooftop solar. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND:
Vineyard Wind proposes to build an offshore wind hub at Bridgeport Harbor in Connecticut that would create thousands of jobs over a 25-year commitment. (The Day)
A GE offshore wind executive says at an offshore wind industry event in New York that with a large project pipeline in the Northeast, domestic manufacturing of components is “inevitable.” (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Officials with electric vehicle startup Rivian display models that are planned to be built in central Illinois. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

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ACTIVISM: A group of 400 scientists publicly endorse civil disobedience to push governments to act on climate change. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
A writer says PG&E’s planned power shut-offs are what adapting to climate change looks like. (The Atlantic)
• Permian Basin oil production improves America’s national security, a Texas energy regulator writes. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• A union official says a gas explosion last year in Massachusetts and an ongoing labor dispute show the need for stricter laws to regulate natural gas service. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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