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Experts say it could take years to replace Clean Power Plan

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Industry leaders and environmental activists say the Trump administration could delay replacing the Clean Power Plan for years. (New York Times)

• The EPA formally begins the process of rescinding the Clean Power Plan, ending an Obama-era rule designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. (Washington Post)
• The Clean Power Plan would have averted up to 3,600 premature deaths and saved up to $34 billion in health costs each year, and abandoning it deals “a one-two punch to human health and the environment.” (Vox, Quartz)
Climate advocacy groups and the state of New York are pledging to take the EPA to court for repealing the Clean Power Plan. (Albany Business Review, Common Dreams)
• A new analysis shows how each state will be affected by the Clean Power Plan repeal. (New York Times)

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MICROGRIDS: California’s energy agencies want to boost the state’s microgrid market. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: Behind-the-meter solar makes financial sense in New York, according to a study on how long solar will take to reach grid parity in different cities. (Greentech Media)

• California’s governor signs a dozen bills to boost the use of zero- and low-emissions vehicles, including an extension of incentives for low-income residents to buy electric vehicles. (Associated Press)
• Virginia’s governor is seeking proposals to create a statewide electric vehicle charging network. (Associated Press)

BIOFUEL: The Department of Energy is investing nearly $1.5 million in two projects that will help make biofuel out of seaweed. (NBC)

OIL & GAS: Green groups and a Colorado county are suing the federal government for selling oil and gas leases leases on public land in southwestern Colorado, saying it didn’t conduct required reviews. (Associated Press)

• Government attorneys say a federal judge can’t interfere with President Trump’s permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline because the Constitution gives him authority over matters of foreign affairs and national security. (Associated Press)
• The Dakota Access pipeline has boosted North Dakota’s tax revenues by $18 million in its first three months of operation. (Bismarck Tribune)
• An activist convicted in North Dakota of targeting an oil pipeline says a judge’s decision disallowing the threat of climate change as a defense would be grounds for an appeal. (Associated Press)

• The Supreme Court rejects an appeal to overturn the conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Donald Blankenship, who went to prison over a 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 coal miners. (Reuters)
• It is not clear how much the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan will actually help the coal industry, and it may only slow its decline. (NPR, CBS News)
• A plan by the Trump administration to rescue uneconomic coal plants has done little to ease the pall of anxiety hanging over two Ohio River counties. (Midwest Energy News)

• The trend of retiring nuclear plants will test how well funding levels match decommissioning cost estimates. (Utility Dive)
• SCANA is accusing its utility partner Santee Cooper of misleading state leaders for years about its role in the now-failed Summer nuclear project in South Carolina. (Post and Courier)

• A lawmaker from Georgia says the U.S. needs to let the world know nuclear energy is going to continue to be part of our domestic energy production. (The Hill)
• A columnist questions the timing of the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan. (Mother Jones)
• Scrapping the Clean Power Plan will hurt U.S. climate change efforts by undermining the the principle that emissions need to be regulated, says a writer for Vox.

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