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Dems say Trump administration sitting on millions in clean energy funds

CLEAN ENERGY: The Trump administration has left unspent more than $800 million for a clean energy program it has unsuccessfully tried to cut, House Democrats say. (Bloomberg)

An investigation finds thousands of idled oil and gas wells across California, and taxpayers could be left on the hook for billions of dollars in decommissioning costs. (Center for Public Integrity/Los Angeles Times)
Ten U.S. oil refineries exceeded federal limits in 2019 for the release of the cancer-causing chemical benzene, according to a report. (Reuters)

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• Companies are searching for other uses as a growing number of wind turbine blades are sent to landfills. (Bloomberg)
• Vestas delivered a record number of wind turbines in 2019, but the company’s output could be disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. (Greentech Media)

Fairfax County, Virginia, legislators are leading the charge to lift a cap on solar power purchase agreements in Dominion’s territory. (Energy News Network)
A California company foresees a future where every solar project will have a storage component. (Greentech Media)
• Solar advocates endorse a carbon price in New York to boost renewable energy generation. (PV Magazine)

GRID: The sole Democrat on a federal energy regulator says the majority should shift course and make more accomodations for renewable resources and state policies as it manages regional capacity markets. (S&P Global)

Mine safety regulators meet with health researchers to discuss ways to protect coal miners from dust that causes black lung disease. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• St. Louis-based Peabody Energy suspends its shareholder dividends amid falling U.S. demand for coal. (Financial Times)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management is reportedly considering eliminating environmental review requirements from public land-use plans. (Bloomberg Environment)

EMISSIONS: Former Obama EPA administrator Gina McCarthy expresses doubts about carbon capture and says the focus should be on limiting fossil fuels. (The Hill)

A Massachusetts agency created to spur clean energy development may switch its focus to climate change as it faces depleted funding. (Boston Globe)
Minnesota lawmakers are set to debate competing visions on energy policy, with Democrats pushing for 100% clean energy by 2050. (MinnPost)

Vermont regulators say the state must spend more money on heating and transportation efficiency to meet its climate goals. (Energy News Network)
Maine’s efficiency utility issues a report that says renewable energy and efficiency alone won’t help the state reach its climate goals, so transportation and heating must be included. (Portland Press Herald)

DIVESTMENT: Harvard University faculty vote overwhelmingly to support the school’s divestment from fossil fuel companies. (Washington Post)

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On the presidential campaign trail, Joe Biden touts the billions of dollars invested in clean energy under the Obama administration. (KQED)
Pete Buttigieg says he sees a need for nuclear power in the short-term but doesn’t support constructing any new reactors. (E&E News, subscription)
A poll of registered voters in Pennsylvania finds they are evenly split on whether hydraulic fracturing should be banned. (Salon)

COMMENTARY: A columnist writes that carbon taxes won’t be enough to address climate change without also subsidizing clean energy alternatives. (Bloomberg) 

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