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Fracking booms on public lands under Trump

OIL & GAS: The Trump administration auctions off millions of public lands for oil and gas development, with leased acreage reaching its highest point since the 2012 fracking boom. (New York Times)

ALSO:
The oil and gas industry tries to court African Americans and other minority communities to support offshore drilling. (Post and Courier)
Local opposition to Sunoco’s Mariner East natural gas pipeline is pushing a conservative region of Pennsylvania to the left. (The New Yorker)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
A retired Navy Seal seeks to open an offshore wind safety training center to anchor Virginia’s workforce development efforts. (Energy News Network)
A major Massachusetts fishing port prepares to become the launching point for the country’s first large-scale offshore wind farm. (WGBH)
The University of Delaware launches one of the first programs for offshore wind skills training in the country. (news release)

SOLAR:
• Sunrun is expected to emerge as the top U.S. residential solar installer, giving Tesla’s SolarCity a fight in what had been its signature market. (New York Times)
• The veto of a net metering bill has put solar projects on hold in New Hampshire. (Concord Monitor)
• The Energy Department gives Philadelphia a $1.25 million federal grant to fund solar training education programs. (Associated Press)

STORAGE: Researchers in Michigan and Ohio are testing methods for long-duration energy storage using cheaper materials. (Energy News Network)

BIOGAS: Smithfield Foods plans to cover most of its hog lagoons in North Carolina to generate renewable biogas. (North Carolina Health News)

RENEWABLES: An Ohio-based utility says it is focused on smaller renewable projects after Texas regulators rejected its plan for a 2,000 MW wind project. (RTO Insider)

EFFICIENCY: Denver leaders are considering adopting a “cool roof” law that would require light, reflective roofs on large buildings. (Denver Post)

POWER PLANTS: The vast majority of stakeholder comments oppose proposed subsidies for FirstEnergy’s uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (S&P Global)

NUCLEAR: Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the White House still backs a plan to permanently store nuclear waste in Nevada despite President Donald Trump’s waver on the project. (Bloomberg)

TRANSPORTATION:
California’s top air quality regulator discusses how “dark forces” are trying to stall electric vehicle growth. (Greentech Media)
General Motors’ plan for a national zero-emissions vehicle program puts it at odds with the Trump administration while environmental groups say it’s a “distraction.” (E&E News, subscription)

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GRID: Maine regulators delay a decision on a hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts, saying more time is needed to review information submitted in the case. (Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel)

POLITICS:
The top U.S. coal miners union increases its contributions to Democratic candidates this cycle compared to the 2016 election. (Reuters)
The stakes are high for the future of clean energy, coal and climate change in the Illinois governor’s race. (E&E News, subscription)
• Washington voters could jumpstart a national movement by approving a ballot measure seeking to create a carbon fee. (Fortune)

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