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Despite Trump plans, coal retirements continue

COAL: The Trump Administration’s efforts to save struggling coal plants hasn’t slowed utilities’ plans to shut them down. (Bloomberg)

TRANSPORTATION: Groups backed by the Koch brothers are working to defeat public transit initiatives around the country. (New York Times)

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CLIMATE: Emails show some White House staff pushed back on EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s plan for a “red team/blue team” climate science debate, with one advisor calling it “out of control.” (E&E News)

UTILITIES: Florida’s NextEra Energy has quietly grown into a “green Goliath” by relentlessly capitalizing on renewable energy subsidies. (Wall Street Journal)

EFFICIENCY: The body that oversees Maine’s energy efficiency programs says it’s too risky to give grants to businesses that grow cannabis, despite it being one of the state’s most energy intensive industries. (Portland Press Herald)

COAL ASH: The U.S. EPA agrees to shift oversight of toxic coal ash in Oklahoma to state agencies, a first-of-its-kind move that the coal industry had sought and environmentalists opposed. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: A Chinese energy firm cited a pending trade war as the reason it tabled a potential $84 billion Appalachian shale investment. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Supporters of a Nevada clean energy initiative say they have enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot. (Reno Gazette Journal)

PIPELINES:
• Nebraska landowners deed 1.6-acres to the Ponca Indian Tribe in hopes of preventing the Keystone XL pipeline from passing through the property. (Omaha World-Herald)
• The U.S. Commerce Department has received hundreds of requests from pipeline companies seeking relief from steel tariffs. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Some environmental groups are skeptical of Ameren Missouri’s request for incentives for EV charging stations due to the utility’s relatively large coal portfolio. (Energy News Network)
A plan by Massachusetts-based utility National Grid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions calls for a rollout of nearly 10 million electric vehicles by 2030. (NGT News)
• Just a week after announcing it was laying off 9 percent of its workforce, Tesla opens a new Model 3 production line at its California factory. (Los Angeles Times)
The CEO of Proterra discusses the outlook for electric buses. (E&E News)

TRANSMISSION: Outdoor enthusiasts in Maine are torn over whether to support a transmission line that would deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. (Maine Public)

EMISSIONS: A new report highlights the economic challenge of transitioning from natural gas to electric heat. (Greentech Media)

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POLITICS:
Politifact examines a statement from the EPA claiming greenhouse gas emissions have declined under President Trump.
• An activist group tries to persuade Republican lawmakers on a carbon tax. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: Integrating California’s grid with neighboring states benefits everyone, says the director of an energy efficiency and technology group. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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