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Coastal states now hopeful for offshore drilling exemptions

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he may exempt at least six states from the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling. (Reuters)

• “The boss wants what the boss wants.” A plan to prop up struggling coal plants could still survive despite a lack of support within federal government and the energy industry. (E&E News, subscription)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers revives an environmental review for a proposed Washington coal export terminal a year after state regulators nixed a key project permit. (Associated Press)
• Despite earlier threats by state leaders to sever ties, Wyoming is still doing business with a bank that recently stopped investing in fossil fuels, sparking a wave of backlash in coal country. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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• FERC allows Dominion Energy to start cutting trees on the site of a planned natural gas compressor station in Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Local officials in Virginia who opposed the Mountain Valley Pipeline now face decisions with jobs and infrastructure at stake. (Energy News Network)
• President Trump says he wants to expedite a Texas pipeline project, but officials say they don’t know which one he’s talking about. (S&P Global)

A Republican senator’s bill could lift a cap on electric vehicles eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit. (Reuters)
• Here’s which states have the highest ratio of electric vehicle charging stations to the general population. (Forbes)

• The looming expiration of a federal subsidy at the end of 2019 has caused a wind energy rush in Texas. (Texas Standard)
Walmart makes a deal to purchase 233 MW of wind energy from three new wind farms in Indiana and Illinois. (Power Engineering Magazine)
How thinking big helped get a major wind project on Sioux tribal land off the ground. (GreenBiz)

• A fight over net metering in Michigan could provide another national test case on solar policy. (InsideClimate News)
• T-Mobile takes another step toward 100 percent renewables by agreeing to purchase wind and solar power for its Washington headquarters. (CNBC)

STORAGE: Several new California laws could provide a long-lasting boost to stationary-based fuel cell technology. (Greentech Media)

GRID: New York’s grid operator floats a carbon pricing proposal that would remove financial uncertainty for consumers. (RTO Insider)

POWER PLANTS: Large industrial customers and clean energy groups oppose a Minnesota utility’s plan for a new natural gas plant. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy applies to keep its Virginia nuclear power station running for at least another 20 years. (Associated Press)

Congressional candidates in Virginia’s coal country debate the region’s energy future. (Washington Post)
An Arizona clean energy initiative has become the most expensive ballot measure in state history. (Arizona Republic)

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CLIMATE: At an appearance in Iowa, Energy Secretary Rick Perry says “we recognize the climate is changing, always has been” while touting technologies that will “make the climate we live in better.” (WOI-TV)

COMMENTARY: A compromise over the Straits of Mackinac pipeline shows the difficulty in balancing current energy needs with the need to combat climate change. (The Conversation)

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