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EPA seeks to have a lighter touch on oil and gas enforcement

OIL AND GAS: In a turnaround from the Obama administration’s focus on the oil and gas industry, an EPA memo says the agency is looking to give states more control over pollution enforcement as part of a strategy to emphasize voluntary compliance. (E&E News)

GRID: Experts say the Trump administration’s plan to bail out struggling power plants won’t protect the grid from hackers. (Reuters)

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SOLAR:
• Solar continues to outpace natural gas in new energy capacity in the U.S., with 2.5 gigawatts installed in the first quarter of this year, according to a new report. (Bloomberg)
• A new report says residential solar growth is expected to be flat this year compared with 2017; as Emerging solar markets like Florida are helping offset weaknesses in established markets. (Reuters, Greentech Media)
• Experts say the Trump administration’s solar tariffs will likely slow industry growth while creating a small number of manufacturing jobs. (Fortune)
• More than a dozen renewable energy companies have expressed interest in converting grazing lands in central Washington into utility-scale solar farms, state officials say.  (KUOW)
• Clean energy advocates in North Carolina worry a net metering battle between Duke Energy and South Carolina solar advocates is headed to their state next. (Southeast Energy News)

BIOMASS: As biomass energy ramps up in Europe, Southern wetland forests are being drained, logged, burned and shipped across the Atlantic. (Mongabay)

WIND: A Maryland resort city continues to oppose an offshore wind proposal despite an offer of free electricity from developers. (Baltimore Sun)

NUCLEAR: Nevada asks a federal regulator to recuse himself from making any decisions about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage project because of his public support for the plan. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Illinois wants to spend $10.8 million in Volkswagen settlement funds on electric school buses, which could benefit air quality and the state’s grid. (Midwest Energy News)
• Proposed labor rules could prevent Tesla buyers in California from getting a $2,500 electric vehicle rebate, the result of a scrap over efforts by auto workers to unionize a plant in the San Francisco Bay Area. (Electrek)

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CLIMATE: CEOs are leading the push for climate action as the Trump administration continues to disregard the issue. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: Wind development will continue to grow as costs decline: “The horse is out of the barn,” experts say. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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