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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)

COAL:
• “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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PIPELINES:
• 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)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
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)

WIND:
• 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)

SOLAR:
• 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)

POLITICS:
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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