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Gas explosions intensify calls to shift to renewables

• A series of fatal home explosions outside Boston last month is intensifying calls to phase out natural gas and boost renewables. (Boston Globe)

ALSO: Massachusetts orders Columbia Gas to suspend all work in light of a troubling federal report on the explosions. (NBC Boston)

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• A report commissioned by the Energy Department debunked the Trump Administration’s argument to save coal power but has not been publicly released yet six months after its submission. (Bloomberg)
• A large West Virginia mine that employs about 400 workers will close soon. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: In a joint op-ed, the president of the MacArthur Foundation and the CEO of Exelon Corporation, both based in Chicago, propose four priorities to fight climate change — including nuclear power. (Time) Disclosure: The MacArthur Foundation is a major funder of the Energy News Network.

• About 1.2 million electricity customers lost power during the storm, but coal ash ponds in Florida remained intact. (Utility Dive)
• It could take months to restore power to areas hardest hit by the storm, utility companies say. (E&E News, subscription)
• Two 80-foot sections of steel pipe from the Mountain Valley Pipeline float to an opposing Virginia landowner’s property during flooding. (Roanoke Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Despite talk of an electric future, automakers continue to focus on large trucks and SUVs. (InsideClimate News)

In an effort to encourage pollinator habitat, a Minnesota utility says it will be the first in the country to require disclosure of what type of vegetation will be used at solar sites. (Utility Dive)
Construction begins on a 200 MW solar farm in California with plans for the facility to begin operating later next year. (Renewables Now)

WIND: Colorado researchers test a new type of wind turbines that are lighter and more flexible than conventional ones and inspired by palm trees. (Boulder Daily Camera)

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court will hear a case in which North Dakota landowners say they were underpaid for easements for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

GEOTHERMAL: An Illinois utility offers new incentives for geothermal installations, and a project at a historic Chicago temple is an example of how the technology can be beneficial in urban areas. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: A recent Michigan regulatory ruling offers good news and bad news for independent power producers in the state. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: The Trump administration moves to stop construction of a South Carolina nuclear fuel plant. (The State)

CLEAN ENERGY: A growing number of investment funds are specializing in clean energy, backing companies from solar and wind generators to LED light bulb and electric car manufacturers. (New York Times)

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TECHNOLOGY: A Hawaii startup is funding a California company that retrofits airplanes with batteries and other ventures focused on clean energy and transportation. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

• Hurricanes Michael and Florence show how important and effective renewable energy is, says a principal at Bloomberg Associates. (USA Today)
• A carbon tax could be a good idea but it has to be sufficiently high enough to compel changes in producer and consumer behavior. (Los Angeles Times)

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