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EPA considers new regulation to reduce air pollution

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration considers tougher nitrogen oxide emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks, which would be its first new regulation intended to reduce air pollution. (The Hill)

EPA: A senior EPA administrator responsible for nine Southeast states is indicted by an Alabama grand jury on charges he conspired to violate state ethics rules in connection with a bribery scandal. (Mother Jones)

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RENEWABLES:
• Solar, wind and storage have almost eliminated natural gas among proposed new generation projects in California. (Greentech Media)
• Major tech companies’ increasing electricity needs at data centers across the U.S. are driving demand for renewable energy. (Bloomberg)

WIND:
• Farmers and a wind industry group sue the state of Ohio, alleging 2014 wind setback rules violate the state constitution. (Paulding Progress)
• Texas sets a new wind output record of 17,920 MW, surpassing the previous record by 2 percent. (S&P Global)

SOLAR:
More than 200 mayors across all 50 states sign a letter calling for more solar power. (Utility Dive)
• IKEA’s new San Antonio, Texas store will have solar panels and electric vehicle chargers. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY:
A voluntary building efficiency program in St. Paul, Minnesota, finds more outreach is needed toward small-building owners. (Energy News Network)
• Amazon says its new Nashville hub will be energy efficient, but it’s unclear how it will be powered. (Nashville Public Radio)

PIPELINES: With Texas rapidly drilling more oil and gas wells and building pipelines, producers are facing a shortage of workers. (Bloomberg)

NATURAL GAS: Massachusetts lawmakers schedule hearings in December to examine the state’s natural gas industry and investigate a series of explosions that destroyed homes outside Boston in September. (Associated Press)

POWER PLANTS: FirstEnergy’s CEO hopes the Trump administration will keep pressing for subsidies for coal and nuclear plants. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR:
New England’s last nuclear plants will be essential to curbing the effects of climate change, according to a new report. (NHPR)
• SCE&G ignored warning signs before abandoning a failed $9 billion nuclear project, an industry consultant tells South Carolina regulators. (The State)

GRID: A bipartisan coalition of 18 governors asks federal energy regulators to consider merging the country’s three main power grids. (State House News Service)

BIOFUELS: Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa expects the U.S. EPA to issue fewer biofuel waivers to refiners under acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler than his predecessor Scott Pruitt. (Reuters)

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POLITICS:
• A petition being circulated by environmental groups calls on House Democrats to launch an investigation of ExxonMobil. (Washington Post)
• Keystone XL pipeline opponents make electoral gains in local races in South Dakota and Nebraska. (The Intercept)

COMMENTARY:
• Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler “is one of the most skilled regulatory hitmen the fossil fuel industry has ever deployed.” (Rolling Stone)
• Advocates release a set of recommendations for utility regulators on grid modernization spending that encourages distributed generation. (Utility Dive)
• A group of attorneys general say they will defend states’ rights to pursue clean energy in the face of federal challenges. (The Hill)

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