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EPA to unveil Clean Power Plan replacement

EMISSIONS: The EPA is expected to release its replacement for the Clean Power Plan today; analysts say the plan will do little to stop the decline of coal-fired power in the U.S. (Reuters, Bloomberg)

ALSO:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed the state join a regional carbon cap-and-trade compact as part of an overall emissions reduction plan. (Associated Press)
An analysis finds that only a handful of countries have plans capable of preventing the worst impacts of climate change. (Reuters)
Air quality in the United States is getting worse despite President Trump’s claims to the contrary. (Associated Press)

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GRID: Utilities raise concerns over a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would allow Wi-Fi devices to use part of the spectrum currently used for grid communications. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• A campaign to convince Michigan residents to support a tunnel project for the Line 5 pipeline intensifies after negotiations between the state and the pipeline owner fall apart. (Energy News Network)
• Minnesota agencies say a permitting timeline for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement needs to be revised, likely delaying the project further. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COAL:
• Peabody Energy and Arch Coal announce a joint venture to consolidate their assets in Colorado and the Powder River Basin. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Cost questions remain as utilities prepare to close hundreds of coal ash storage sites across the U.S. (Platts)

SOLAR:
Just two years after Nevada reinstated net metering, the state is ranked third in the nation for solar installation, according to a new report. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Transparent solar panels developed by researchers at Michigan State University could be an alternative option in communities where homeowners associations ban rooftop panels. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

UTILITIES: PG&E agrees to pay $1 billion to a dozen local governments in California to settle wildfire damage claims. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: A report says that compliance with New York City’s new efficiency standards could cost building owners $20 billion over the next decade. (Crain’s New York Business)

WIND: As New Jersey is poised to select developers for offshore wind projects, federal officials are gauging interest in the creation of a regional transmission line to serve multiple projects. (NJ Spotlight)

OIL & GAS: House Democrats challenge an Energy Department plan to use a $1.9 billion loan guarantee for a natural gas storage and plastics hub in Appalachia instead of clean energy projects. (InsideClimate News)

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BIOMASS: Southeastern forests are being decimated by demand for wood pellets to power biomass energy plants in Europe and Japan, a report by environmental groups says. (Yale E360)

COMMENTARY:
• Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former state legislator say Oregon lawmakers considering cap-and-trade legislation “need only look to their southern neighbors to see that capping climate pollution and funding solutions supports a strong economy.” (The Oregonian)
The Clean Power Plan would have driven significant emissions reductions in the Southeast, an energy consultant writes. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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