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Federal agencies at odds over offshore wind project

WIND: Documents show the Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts is being delayed by bureaucratic infighting between federal energy offices and agencies advocating for fishing interests. (Reuters)

ALSO: Scientists say the project creates little risk to endangered right whales, which tend to congregate off Matha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. (Energy News Network)

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• An analyst says Tesla is “just barely in the solar game” three years after acquiring SolarCity. (Los Angeles Times)
• Three years after the contentious dispute over the Dakota Access pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe embraces solar energy. (Bismarck Tribune)

• A Missouri utility under new ownership plans an aggressive pivot to renewable energy in the coming years. (Energy News Network)
• Rhode Island’s energy office says the state’s predominant utility fell short in its response to a solicitation for 400 MW of renewable energy. (Providence Journal) 

BIOMASS: Three prominent scientists who are graduates of Dartmouth college urged the school to abandon its conversion to a biomass-fueled heating system, saying it will not reduce CO2 emissions. (Union Leader) 

• A federal court throws out two key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permits, siding with environmental groups who argued that regulators failed to consider potential impacts to endangered species. (WVPB)
• Bernie Sanders is the second Democratic presidential candidate calling for the shutdown of the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit News)

• An anticipated rush of oil and gas development in southern Illinois fails to materialize amid low oil prices and legal opposition. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Locals are worried about how California’s largest oil spill in nearly 30 years would affect elections and industry regulation. (Los Angeles Times)
• The fight to shut down a Los Angeles oil rig highlights the racial inequities in energy development (Huffington Post)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A federal agency will complete an assessment of oil and gas industry impacts on endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico by November under a settlement with three environmental groups. (NOLA.com)

BIOGAS: Minnesota regulators reject a utility’s plan for a renewable natural gas pilot program following concerns over transparency, costs and out-of-state gas sourcing. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

• Wyoming’s energy industry has always had ups and downs, but some experts see the Blackjewel bankruptcy as a major inflection point and a sign of further decline. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Blackjewel receives court approval to move forward with a potential sale of mines and equipment in West Virginia and Wyoming. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Former miners with black lung disease discuss their frustration with Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who they say would not listen to their concerns last week during a visit to D.C. (Kingsport Times News)

• Federal regulators cancelled a power supply auction for August as PJM and stakeholders in its member states have been unable to set policies that ensure just and reasonable rates. (NJ Spotlight)
• Major cities joined a list of constituents asking grid operator PJM to appoint a new CEO who is attuned to climate goals adopted by an increasing number of states. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

• It’s still not clear whether other automakers will join a landmark deal to uphold California’s emissions standards. (E&E News)
• The agreement is the latest way the state has shown it can “outwit and outlast” the Trump administration on environmental protection. (San Jose Mercury News)

• Fossil fuel money is flowing into a Los Angeles City Council race where shutting down the Aliso Canyon natural gas site is an issue. (Los Angeles Times)
• Democrats’ messages on electric vehicles could be critical for winning over voters in Michigan. (E&E News, subscription)

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ADVOCACY: Indiana high school students grapple with cynicism and disappointment as plans are revived for a waste-to-energy facility across the street from their school. (Energy News Network)

Vox columnist David Roberts calls Ohio’s power plant bailout the “most counterproductive and corrupt piece of state energy legislation” he has seen.
• A researcher of statewide clean energy laws says the Ohio bill to subsidize nuclear and coal plants is the worst in the country. (The Guardian)
• The solar nonprofit CEO says workplace demographic studies are critical if the solar industry wants to reflect the communities it serves. (Greentech Media)

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