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Critics assail Trump’s ‘Soviet-style’ directive on power plants

POWER PLANTS: Energy Secretary Rick Perry defends the Trump administration’s effort to save coal and nuclear plants, saying pending retirements threaten grid stability, a view that energy experts dispute. (Associated Press)

• Former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff says the Trump directive “is going back to a Soviet-style system” which will “blow the market up.” (Utility Dive)
• The proposed intervention effectively subsidizes carbon emissions and “flips the table on everyone,” according to one analyst. (E&E News)
• Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger mocks President Trump’s coal and nuclear bailout plan: protect pagers, Blockbuster and fax machines, he says. (The Hill)

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• Hawaii’s governor signs a bill committing the state to be carbon neutral by 2045. (Fast Company)
• Oil company CEOs will meet with Pope Francis next week to discuss climate change. (Bloomberg)

Tesla says it has installed a gigawatt-hour of energy storage worldwide since 2015. (Fast Company)
• California regulators approve a San Diego utility’s plan to add five new battery storage projects, enough to power about 55,000 homes for four hours. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

• The U.S. House is set to vote this week on a $44 billion spending bill, which includes funding to restart the licensing process for the nuclear storage project at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. (Las Vegas Review Journal)
After surviving nearly 40 years of anti-nuclear activism after a 1979 meltdown, Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island plant may finally succumb to economic pressure from cheap natural gas. (Bloomberg)
• A court of appeals rules that a group of lawsuits seeking refunds for SCE&G ratepayers over the company’s failed nuclear project can move forward. (Post and Courier)

• Federal data show that oil train traffic to Northeast refineries is increasing again after declining last year. (NorthJersey.com)

RENEWABLES: A fellowship and scholarship program aims to close the gender gap for wind and solar jobs. (Midwest Energy News)

• California used more solar power than natural gas in May, which sets a monthly record. (pv magazine)
• Crops and native plants are replacing turfgrass and gravel as the go-to bedding for solar gardens in multiple states. (Ensia)
• A Detroit cooperative wants to find ways to make solar power accessible to community residents and organizations. (Model D)

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EFFICIENCY: A Missouri utility proposes $285 million in rebates as part of what it called the largest energy efficiency plan in state history. (St. Louis Business Journal)

• A climate advocate says the Trump administration’s proposal to bail out coal and nuclear plants “makes no economic sense” and will be a bad deal for consumers. (New York Times)
• A former Missouri Public Service Commissioner says President Trump’s announced coal and nuclear subsidies are “grounded in sensible and necessary planning.” (MarketWatch)
Energy law experts are watching cases in Illinois and New York for clues to whether FERC will uphold state-level support for nuclear generators, says an energy and climate law professor at Stanford. (Utility Dive)

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