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Disappointment follows U.N. climate meetings in Madrid

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CLIMATE: U.N. climate meetings in Madrid end with few additional commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, no deal on carbon trading and a lack of cooperation among poor and rich countries. (The Guardian, Associated Press)

ALSO:
• An activist group puts pressure on ExxonMobil and Chevron with shareholder resolutions urging climate action and reducing emissions. (Reuters)
• Major players in the U.S. freight-rail industry have waged a campaign for nearly 30 years to discredit climate science and oppose almost any federal climate policy. (The Atlantic)

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UTILITIES:
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s push to lock municipal utility and co-op customers into longer-term contracts could slow Southern cities’ efforts to expand renewable energy. (InsideClimate News)
• California Gov. Gavin Newsom rejects PG&E’s restructuring plan to compensate wildfire victims and exit bankruptcy, saying it does not position it to “provide safe, reliable, and affordable service.” (Sacramento Bee)
As California officials consider a public takeover of PG&E, the concept of publicly owned utilities has already shown results in other places such as Winter Park, Florida. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: Missouri regulators direct utility Evergy to test an on-bill financing program to pay for customer energy efficiency upgrades. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A recent study shows warmer climates and more frequent fast-charging contribute to faster degradation of electric vehicle batteries. (Quartz)

GRID:
• The three grid operators in the Northeast have more than 19,000 MW of renewable energy and energy storage resources in their interconnection queues expected to come online in 2020. (Platts)
• PJM approves $134 million in transmission projects to enhance reliability, including a $58.6 million line reconstruction in Pennsylvania. (Daily Energy Insider)

POLITICS: Former New York City Mayor and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg voices new criticism of natural gas in his climate plan, which would cut U.S. carbon emissions 50% over the next 10 years. (E&E News, subscription; Associated Press)

SOLAR:
Prices across all segments of the U.S. solar market are at an all-time low, contradicting claims from leading solar advocacy groups two years ago about the negative impacts of tariffs. (E&E News, subscription)
Solar energy is helping to fill the economic hole left by rural Colorado’s dying coal industry, providing jobs to children of coal miners. (High Country News)
Elon Musk says Tesla’s solar energy and storage business will grow quicker than its electric vehicle business despite heavy customer criticism and a shareholder lawsuit. (CNBC)

WIND:
As wind development increases in central and southern Illinois, opposition surfaces over nuisance and potential wildlife impacts. (Decatur Herald & Review)
The U.S. currently has only one offshore wind farm under construction off the coast of Virginia, but a new report estimates a $70 billion market by 2030. (CNBC)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota set a state record in October with more than 1.5 million barrels of oil produced per day. (Bismarck Tribune)
A South Carolina lawmaker pre-files a bill that would permanently ban and stop any work related to offshore drilling on or off the state’s shore. (WMBF)

CLEAN ENERGY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $237 million on efficiency and renewable energy for farmers and agriculture producers. (Utility Dive)

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BIOFUELS: The closing of 13 U.S. ethanol plants further strains farmers already facing a poor growing season and a trade war with China. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: Data centers are increasingly pressed for ways to improve energy efficiency at the power-hungry facilities, a columnist writes. (Bloomberg)

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