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FirstEnergy asks DOE for emergency bailout for coal and nuclear plants

Ohio-based FirstEnergy asks the DOE to use its emergency powers to save struggling nuclear and coal power plants, drawing criticism from green groups and competing power industries. (Greentech Media, The Hill)
A judge approves the sale of Westinghouse Electric, which was driven into bankruptcy by losses on Georgia’s Plant Vogtle nuclear power expansion, to Brookfield Business Partners LP for $4.6 billion. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• Michigan’s DTE Energy says wind power will be the primary way it meets its renewable energy requirements under state law. (Midwest Energy News)

RENEWABLES: Falling prices for wind and solar energy are threatening plans to build new natural gas plants. (Bloomberg, New York Times)

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Utah’s governor signs two bills that provide new tax credits to the solar industry and impose new disclosure requirements. (Utility Dive)
How retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. polysilicon manufacturers by China in 2012 have been hurting the industry ever since. (Greentech Media)
A Delaware judge greenlights a class action lawsuit that accuses Tesla’s board of violating its duties to shareholders when it approved a deal to acquire SolarCity for $2.6 billion in 2016. (Reuters)

• Officials are cleaning up an 8,500-gallon ethanol spill in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• President Trump’s advisers urge him to leave U.S. biofuels policy reform efforts to Congress. (Reuters)

FUEL EFFICIENCY: The U.S. EPA is expected to tout its repeal of Obama-era vehicle fuel efficiency rules Tuesday at a Virginia car dealership. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Silicon Valley startup SF Motors unveils two crossover sport utility vehicles that have self-driving capabilities and can travel over 300 miles on a single charge. (Los Angeles Times)

Crude oil sold last year from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve contained dangerous levels of a chemical that can corrode refinery parts and pipelines, according to DOE emails and shipping documents. (Reuters)
Top House Democrats demand a full committee hearing with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over a proposal to expand offshore drilling. (The Hill)
A new study finds high levels of sexually transmitted diseases in fracking communities in Ohio. (Midwest Energy News)
A pipeline shortage in the Permian Basin is leaving gas trapped in the prolific Texas oil field, causing prices there to drop 32 percent in a year. (Bloomberg)

POLLUTION: The EPA wants to replace formal lawsuits against polluters with a policy that would enable companies to reach informal agreements with accusers, according to two memos. (The Hill)

EPA: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt lived in a Washington, D.C., condominium linked to a prominent fossil fuel lobbyist. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE: A federal judge dismisses an ExxonMobil lawsuit that sought to stop New York and Massachusetts from investigating whether the company lied about its knowledge of climate change. (Reuters)

The economic case for coal and gas plants is growing weaker as prices for wind and solar plummet, says the founding editor of Climate Progress. (ThinkProgress)
When it comes to policies promoting hybrid and electric vehicles, the Trump administration is “focused on the rear-view mirror, rather than the road ahead,” says an economist and international finance expert. (The Hill)

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