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Democrats attempt to extend wind, solar tax credits

CLEAN ENERGY: Democrats attempt to extend billions of dollars worth of tax credits for wind and solar that are set to expire or begin phasing out next year. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
A Wisconsin utility announces plans for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 relying on renewables and carbon sequestration. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Clean energy has generated more than $28 billion in economic impact in North Carolina since 2007, according to an industry group’s report. (WUNC)

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SOLAR:
• Solar will be cheaper than natural gas “just about everywhere” by 2023, according to a senior analyst with Wood MacKenzie. (Greentech Media)
A Michigan solar developer uses a federal tax incentive to build projects and provide job training in low-income communities. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• A contentious bill to ban wind farms in eastern North Carolina misses a key legislative deadline but could resurface later this session. (Energy News Network)
The Connecticut House overwhelmingly passed a plan that could lead to the construction of 1,000 wind turbines off the state’s coast. (Hartford Courant)

BIOMASS: A plan by New Hampshire legislators to rescue biomass plants is modeled after nuclear power subsidies in other states. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH:
• Utilities are proposing to charge customers billions of dollars for coal ash cleanups, and state regulators are pushing back. (Bloomberg)
• Central Florida residents demand the halt of coal ash shipments from a power plant in Puerto Rico to a private landfill in their county. (Osceola News Gazette)

COAL: A Wyoming coal producer’s recent bankruptcy filing is another consequence of how cheaper resources like natural gas and renewable energy are edging out coal. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: A House bill proposes stripping the $116 million requested by President Trump to restart the licensing process at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

PUBLIC LANDS: Congresswoman Deb Haaland of New Mexico has become a powerful voice for fellow Native Americans and the protection of public lands from fossil fuel development. (The Guardian)

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers will pay $266,000 for environmental violations in West Virginia that date back to last April. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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OIL & GAS:
• President Trump touts his environmental policy rollbacks and energy infrastructure projects at a rally in Louisiana but faces criticism from the oil and gas industry because of his trade war with China. (E&E News, subscription)
• As interest grows in the potential for renewable natural gas, concerns about emissions and supply security remain. (GreenBiz)

CLIMATE: Climate activist Bill McKibben warns we need to ditch coal and leap straight to renewable energy before it’s too late. (CBS News)

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