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Dems consider extending federal wind, solar tax credits

RENEWABLES: Democrats in Congress consider extending federal tax credits for wind and solar beyond their upcoming sunset dates. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
• An unintended fallout from President Trump’s steel tariffs: solar companies are buying more components abroad to avoid paying the duties. (Bloomberg)
The Illinois Municipal Power Agency pilots solar projects that will help member cities diversify their energy portfolios. (Energy News Network)
• An outside mediator helped craft Virginia’s new compromise legislation to extend the reach of solar for electric cooperatives. (Energy News Network)
• Tennessee Valley Authority staff conclude that no new solar capacity is needed on its system until 2023. (Utility Dive)

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WIND:
Residents of a Rhode Island community tell city officials that placement of wind turbines at a landfill is a violation of their civil rights. (Cranston Herald)
A fishing industry leader says a recent deal with Vineyard wind is “lousy,” “insulting,” and “poorly, poorly designed.” (ecoRI)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
How Pennsylvania’s electric vehicle roadmap fits into the national picture. (Energy News Network)
Iowa officials recommend a $130 annual fee for electric vehicles to make up for lost revenue from gasoline taxes. (Radio Iowa)

TRANSPORTATION:
• The automobile is falling out of favor in cities around the world, and analysts say we may have already reached “peak car” in the U.S. (Bloomberg)
At least one critic says the Green New Deal’s biggest failing is that it doesn’t address urban sprawl. (Grist)

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas companies are automating their workforces, undercutting the jobs argument for continuing their use. (Gizmodo)

PIPELINES: Two bills that would have protected landowners against eminent domain claims by pipeline companies fail in the Virginia House. (WHSV)

TRANSMISSION:
Missouri regulators signal they’re ready to approve the 780-mile, $2.5 billion Grain Belt Express wind transmission project. (E&E News, subscription)
A television ad accuses Maine Gov. Janet Mills of a “backroom deal” on a hydropower transmission line, but it is not known who paid for it. (Portland Press Herald)

COAL:
• A federal prosecutor adds charges against a coal company official for conspiring to falsify the required monitoring of coal dust. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Coal-reliant states try to revive the industry since President Trump has failed to do so. (E&E News, subscription)

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CLIMATE:
Some advocates say a tax credit for carbon capture may be critical to limit global warming. (USA Today)
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wants to shift the state’s proceeds from a regional carbon market to adaptation measures, rather than efficiency and clean energy. (Boston Globe)

COMMENTARY:
• Grid operator MISO’s interconnection process is stalling a significant amount of proposed renewable energy development in the Midwest, advocates say. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• A retired environmental regulator says pipelines put human and environmental health at risk and aren’t needed anyway. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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