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Documents show Trump administration misled on biofuel waivers

BIOFUELS: Documents reveal the Trump administration granted biofuel waivers to oil refiners months before a court decision it has used to justify the practice. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• New York regulators yesterday denied a water quality permit to a proposed undersea natural gas pipeline that would have connected New Jersey to Long Island. (New York Times)
Video footage is released of damage to the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac following an anchor strike in April 2018. (Detroit Free Press)

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UTILITIES: California fire investigators have determined that transmission lines owned and operated by PG&E were responsible for starting the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history. (New York Times)

WIND:
Wind developers rush to finish projects before federal tax credits expire at the end of the year. (Houston Chronicle)
• Wind energy is a booming job sector in North Dakota. (Minnesota Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• A Charlottesville, Virginia, solar installer partners with the city to train and diversify its solar workforce. (Energy News Network)
Utilities in Nebraska and Missouri see strong interest from customers for their solar subscription programs. (Energy News Network)
• Florida regulators approve Tampa Electric Company’s shared solar energy tariff that is supposed to encourage customers to transition to solar. (Utility Dive)
A developer is proposing to build a utility-scale solar farm in Idaho which could become one of the largest clean energy projects in the Northwest if approved. (Idaho State Journal)

TRANSMISSION: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says contracts under consideration to import Canadian hydropower through Maine do not guarantee that additional sources of clean energy will be carried over a proposed new transmission line. (Bangor Daily News)

RENEWABLES: Walmart has helped push clean energy policy in Georgia to boost the renewable industry. (GreenBiz)

NUCLEAR: Ohio Democrats walk out of a hearing on legislation to subsidize two nuclear plants after a lawmaker was not allowed to ask questions of bill supporters. (Toledo Blade)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says he’s not inclined to move forward with the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan before it’s hashed out in court. (E&E News, subscription)

NATURAL GAS: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent withdrawal of support for a proposed liquified natural gas plant is a victory for the Puyallup Tribe, which has opposed the project since 2015. (Indian Country Today)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Nevada’s governor signs a bill into law encouraging the purchase and use of heavy-duty electric trucks. (Nevada Appeal)

POLICY: An academy launched by a former governor of Colorado for state lawmakers across the country has helped a broad range of state clean energy legislation. (Bloomberg)

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POLITICS: A landmark hearing in a House committee shows Republicans have shifted from denying climate science. (Washington Examiner)

COMMENTARY:
“Perhaps climate and clean energy shouldn’t be partisan. But at the present moment, purely as a descriptive matter, they are partisan.” (Vox)
Climate activist Bill McKibben says Joe Biden’s call for a “middle ground” climate solution is just code for supporting natural gas. (The Hill)
The fossil fuel industry continues to decline despite President Trump’s backing. (Bloomberg)

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