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FOSSIL FUELS: An environmental law firm calls for a ban on advertisements from fossil fuel companies unless they include a warning label about fossil fuels’ role in climate change. (Grist)

NUCLEAR: Federal nuclear regulators grant controversial 20-year license extensions to two aging nuclear reactors at Florida’s Turkey Point nuclear plant, which means they could operate for a record 80 years. (WLRN)

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POLICY:
• Dozens of utilities back federal regulators’ proposed changes to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, though critics say the changes would jeopardize renewable energy momentum. (Utility Dive)
• Colorado Gov. Jared Polis details his desire for 100 percent renewables and the role storage plays in achieving that goal. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
• A Minnesota utility executive says “wind is quickly becoming the new baseload” as utilities transition from coal power. (Yale Climate Connections)
• There is still hope for offshore wind in California, but development in the Southern part of the state is impeded by military considerations. (San Diego Union-Tribune) 

SOLAR: The U.S. has dominated the market for single-axis tracker systems, though the global market is expected to expand significantly over the next five years. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES:
Enbridge opens the Canadian portion of the Line 3 pipeline expansion and signs labor contracts for the Minnesota section amid a state regulatory review. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Residents in Shreveport, Louisiana, raise concerns about a new oil and gas company application to build a natural gas pipeline under their main drinking water supply. (KTBS)

OIL & GAS:
Presidential candidate Joe Biden tells a climate advocate who supports banning fracking to “vote for someone else,” adding that it would take time to transition from oil and gas. (Common Dreams)
• While some presidential candidates call for a fracking ban, it would take an act of Congress to do so. (E&E News, subscription)
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he is holding up a vote on the second-highest Interior Department official nominee to oversee the administration’s five-year plan for offshore oil and gas drilling. (McClatchy DC)

TRANSMISSION: Critics of a planned transmission line to import Canadian hydropower through Maine press the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a full environmental review, which developers say would delay the project a full year. (Associated Press)

STORAGE: A new California Independent System Operator report says grid operators and policymakers must do more to develop “adequate reward mechanisms” for energy storage. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: Climate expert Dr. Katharine Wilkinson appears on the Interchange podcast to discuss the best solutions for decarbonization. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors says a $2.3 billion partnership with LG Chem in Ohio will result in one of the largest electric vehicle battery plants in the world. (Associated Press)

CLEAN TECH: American Electric Power, Ameren and Tennessee Valley Authority will host pilot projects from clean energy startups selected by the Electric Power Research Institute. (Utility Dive)

COAL: The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity trade group is a shell of its former self, but its remaining industry members don’t plan on leaving as utilities have. (E&E News, subscription)

EMISSIONS: Renewable energy advocates in New York release a report that says putting a price on carbon will help the state meet its aggressive emissions targets. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: A coalition of elected leaders in California is gaining support for a proposed plan to take over PG&E and its transmission system with a new governing body. (San Francisco Business Journal)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA is addressing biofuel industry concerns over blending requirements and expects to send a proposal to the White House soon. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• Enhanced oil recovery may provide an on-ramp for carbon capture and sequestration, though it raises concerns about additional oil development, writes David Roberts. (Vox)
• The Sierra Club says Pennsylvania joining a regional compact to reduce emissions is significant since the state is one of the nation’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. (LehighValleyLive)

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