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Feds remove obstacle to PACE financing for homeowners

POLITICS: While some participants at the Republican National Convention push for a conservative clean-energy approach, the party’s platform would undo decades of climate and energy policy. (Midwest Energy News, New York Times)

ALSO:
• A group that fights pollution rules on behalf of utilities remains shrouded in secrecy. (SNL Energy)
• An oil executive says the industry does better under Democratic presidents. (Forbes)

EFFICIENCY: Overturning a major obstacle to clean energy financing for homeowners, federal housing agencies will now allow PACE financing on homes with federally backed mortgages. (Bloomberg)

POLLUTION:
• Attorneys general in three states file lawsuits accusing Volkswagen executives of knowingly participating for years in schemes to thwart pollution tests. (New York Times)
• A federal court delays implementation of an EPA regional haze rule for Texas. (Bloomberg BNA)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: “You have to prepare not to win”: States fighting the Clean Power Plan are also quietly working on compliance options. (New York Times)

SOLAR:
• A new White House initiative aims for 1 GW of solar on low-income homes by 2020. (Bloomberg)
• Amid its bankruptcy, buyers are interested in portions of SunEdison’s business, but no one wants the whole company. (Bloomberg)
• Iowa regulators rule that the state’s two major utilities must expand the cap on net metering and make the option available to more customers. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: A proposed Montana wind farm is in question after regulators set rates too low for the project to be profitable. (Billings Gazette)

GRID: A new report highlights states where the economics of energy storage are working. (Greentech Media)

COAL:
• The number of lawsuits around the country is growing over workers’ exposure to cleaning up toxic coal ash. (Center for Public Integrity)
• Duke Energy asks a judge to block release of a North Carolina state scientist’s testimony in a lawsuit over water safety near ash basins. (Raleigh News & Observer)
A federal court upholds the EPA’s veto of a permit to remove a mountaintop for a proposed coal mining project in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL AND GAS:
• Maine regulators approve a plan for electric ratepayers to underwrite new pipeline construction. (Portland Press Herald)
• Gas wells are common in low-income residential neighborhoods in Oklahoma. (Oklahoma Watch)
• The city of Vancouver, Washington votes to prohibit new or expanded crude oil storage facilities. (Associated Press)
• A proposed ordinance in Spokane, Washington would impose fines for shipping crude oil through the city. (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

COMMENTARY:
• How community solar contributes to Colorado’s leadership on clean energy. (Denver Business Journal)
• Some climate advocates are raising concerns about the limitations of renewable energy. (New York Times) 
• Republicans don’t have a solution to save the coal industry. (Vox)

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