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EMISSIONS: Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels and industry are projected to reach a record high in 2018, according to a new report. (Washington Post)

WIND: Iowa regulators approve a 591 MW wind project for MidAmerican Energy, though clean energy groups hoped the plan would address closing some of the utility’s coal fleet. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• The Chattanooga, Tennessee airport will soon be the first airfield in the U.S. to run on 100 percent solar power. (Bloomberg)
• California officially becomes the first state in the nation to require new homes to include solar panels. (Greentech Media)

POLITICS:
Democrats’ gains in North Carolina improve the prospects for clean energy legislation, but few expect state lawmakers to tackle thornier issues like coal ash or climate change. (Energy News Network)
• The U.S. Senate votes to advance President Trump’s controversial FERC nominee despite West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s vote against him. (The Hill)

RENEWABLES: Puerto Rico looks to be the next jurisdiction that will pursue a goal of 100 percent renewable power, but not before a clash over natural gas. (Greentech Media)

COAL:
• The Trump administration is expected to roll back Obama-era regulations that require new coal plants to capture their carbon emissions. (Reuters)
• The Trump administration has attempted to revive the dying coal industry, but many analysts say it’s not possible. (CNN)
After fighting to keep the analysis secret, an Oregon utility reveals that 13 of its 22 coal units are more expensive to operate than alternative options, including clean energy. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Connecticut regulators will allow the state’s only nuclear power plant to compete against wind and solar in “zero emission” state energy auctions. (Hartford Courant)

PIPELINES:
• Alberta’s tar sands production drops due to tight pipeline capacity, which was a key argument for Keystone XL opponents. (InsideClimate News)
• Keystone XL opponents say pre-construction would harm the environment and prejudice decision-making on the project. (E&E News, subscription)
A Virginia county denies four variance requests for floodplain areas needed by Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers. (Lynchburg News & Advance)

OIL & GAS: The Coast Guard doubts an oil company’s explanation for a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. (Times Picayune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California’s first 350 kW electric vehicle charging station is installed outside of a San Francisco shopping center. (CNET)

GRID: Marijuana, electric vehicles and data centers will be three major energy demand drivers in the coming decade, according to a new report. (Utility Dive)

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UTILITIES:
A Michigan utility CEO makes an economic case for closing coal plants while transitioning to solar and electric vehicles. (Energy News Network)
Utilities are developing integration strategies to take advantage of energy efficiency, demand response and distributed resources. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
Xcel Energy stands to profit handsomely, and benefit politically, by giving customers the clean energy they want, David Roberts writes. (Vox)
The Green New Deal is one of the most interesting — and strategic — left-wing policy interventions from the Democratic Party in years, writes Robinson Meyer. (The Atlantic)

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