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Expert: Energy efficiency could play bigger role in climate fight

EFFICIENCY: A paper from the Rocky Mountain Institute says size and cost of potential savings from energy efficiency is much larger and cheaper than previously believed. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: A Missouri program has rated thousands of homes for their energy efficiency potential, but homebuyers have been slow to use the information. (Energy News Network)

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UTILITIES:
• An Indiana utility plans to retire its remaining coal units within a decade, likely replacing them with wind, solar and storage. (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
• A rural Colorado co-op formally commits to get 70 percent of electricity from renewables by 2030 without increasing customers’ costs. (The Aspen Times)

COAL:
In a move designed to guarantee future cleanups, Wyoming’s largest coal companies would be effectively prohibited from issuing their own bonds under a plan being considered by state officials. (Casper Star-Tribune)
West Virginia’s mine safety office attributes a rise in mining injuries to opioid abuse, an older workforce, and risk-taking by miners. (Beckley Register-Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Iowa utilities support customers reselling electricity for EV charging as long as the power comes from the utility. (E&E News, subscription)
• Net benefits of electric vehicle deployment in Minnesota could range from $4.6 billion to $30 billion by 2050, according to a new report. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Virginia is positioned to become a hub for offshore wind on the East Coast, says a new report commissioned by the Sierra Club. (Virginia Mercury)
• Offshore wind farms could provide a buffer from storm damage for coastal communities, a study suggests. (Physics World)

GRID: Utility investments in fiber optics could provide new revenue and improve connections between smart devices and the grid, a report says. (Energy News Network)

STORAGE: The Energy Department’s ARPA-E program grants $28 million in funding for energy storage system research. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES: Pipeline opponents in Virginia say Hurricane Florence erosion impacts show the dangers of Mountain Valley Pipeline construction. (WDBJ)

POLITICS:
• Several U.S. House races could turn on issues such as energy policy, climate change and regulatory rollbacks. (E&E News, subscription)
• The Republican mayor of Carmel, Indiana, pushes climate change action as a nonpartisan issue in order to “bring younger Republicans around.” (Grist)

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CLIMATE: Major U.S. oil companies join a global consortium of oil and gas producers saying they want to address climate change. (Axios)

COMMENTARY:
• Hurricane Florence reveals the cost of coal and the need for South Carolina to secure coal ash pits, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)
• The former U.S. energy secretary under President George W. Bush says domestic uranium production is necessary for the security of the nation’s nuclear generation. (USA Today)

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