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Farm Bill includes $50M annually for renewable program

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RENEWABLES: The final 2018 Farm Bill awaiting President Trump’s signature includes $50 million annually for the Rural Energy for America Program. (PV Magazine)

ALSO:
The head of Xcel Energy’s Colorado operations talks about what comes next now that the utility has pledged to go carbon-free by 2050. (Colorado Public Radio)
Two U.S. utilities have recently concluded it’s cheaper to tear down their coal plants and build renewables than to keep operating the old plants. (Quartz)

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PIPELINES:
A federal appeals court quotes Dr. Seuss’s book “The Lorax” in a ruling that blocks a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross national forests. (The Hill)
• Michigan officials release a final agreement with Enbridge to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Associated Press)
• Minnesota regulators deny a request to reconsider a route permit issued for Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• As more cars plug into the grid, automakers and utilities are working together on programs to charge them without overloading circuits. (New York Times)
Minnesota utilities will be required to file detailed plans next year on how they will help boost EV adoption. (Minnesota Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• A Texas utility signs a record-low power purchase agreement for solar at under $25 per megawatt-hour. (Greentech Media)
New England solar power offset peak demand for electricity on Thanksgiving, marking a milestone, says the region’s grid operator. (Portland Press Herald)

WIND: Companies bidding to install wind turbines off the coast of Massachusetts shatter records bidding war for rights. (Bloomberg)

EFFICIENCY: More U.S. cannabis growers are deploying “internet-of-things” technology to improve energy efficiency. (Greentech Media)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Offshore drilling critics say the federal government is “beyond foolish” to not study the risk of oil spills in the Gulf Stream. (Post and Courier)

OIL & GAS: Activists in Texas document methane and other emissions spewing from oil and gas drilling projects in the Permian Basin. (Dallas Morning News)

COAL ASH: Roane County, Tennessee officials push for independent coal ash contamination testing at a children’s sports complex. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

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EMISSIONS:
Pennsylvania’s governor proposes new regulations to curb air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the state. (Associated Press)
Green groups back a New York City bill to require a 40 percent decrease in emissions from large buildings by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. (The Nation)

COMMENTARY: It’s time to end net metering in California so renters and others can have greater access to community solar programs, say a community solar advocate. (Greentech Media)

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