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EPA: Coal rule change unlikely to spur new power plants

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COAL:
The Trump administration moves to eliminate an Obama-era requirement that new coal plants use expensive technology to capture carbon emissions. (NPR)
• An economic analysis by the EPA acknowledges that the rule change is unlikely to spur any new coal plant construction. (The Hill)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• The rural Midwest benefits more from clean energy jobs in wind, solar and energy efficiency than fossil fuels, a new report says. (InsideClimate News)
• Abandoned mines throughout the West are increasingly being eyed as potential clean energy sites. (Energy News Network)

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UTILITIES:
• A Colorado utility pledges to get all its energy from carbon-free sources by 2030, two decades ahead of an ambitious goal recently set by Xcel Energy. (The Coloradoan)
• California’s three investor-owned utilities prepare to move to time-of-use rates starting next year and continuing through 2020. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• The Trump administration is moving forward with plans to ease restrictions on drilling and mining that were meant to protect the imperiled greater sage grouse and its Western habitat. (Associated Press)
• The U.S. briefly became a net exporter of oil last week for the first time in 75 years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Bloomberg)
• The Permian Basin holds as much 49 years worth of oil at current production rates, according to a new federal study. (Reuters)

COAL ASH:
• All of Alabama’s coal ash ponds are less than five feet above aquifers and must close to meet EPA groundwater requirements. (AL.com)
• A contractor that oversaw cleanup of the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill asks a judge to vacate a jury’s finding that it failed to protect workers. (Law 360, subscription)

WIND: Wind speed reductions caused by one Texas wind farm reduced generation at another downwind farm by 5 percent over a six year period, a study shows. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES: A Louisiana judge rules that Energy Transfer Partners trespassed but has the right to seize private property to build the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. (Times-Picayune)

TRANSPORTATION: A group of researchers were “shocked” at how the Trump administration misrepresented their work in an attempt to justify rolling back Obama-era clean car rules. (E&E News, subscription)

MICROGRIDS: A delegation from West Africa crisscrossed Illinois last week to learn how microgrids can help integrate renewables and bolster electric reliability. (Energy News Network)

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TECHNOLOGY: MIT engineers unveil a design for renewable energy storage that could power an electric grid on demand at half the cost of today’s cheapest grid-scale energy storage. (MIT News)

POLITICS: Critics within the Democratic party oppose putting West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who supports Trump’s coal agenda, in charge of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (New York Times)

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