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Grid modernization, residential energy storage surging

GRID: The number of policy actions addressing grid modernization jumped 75 percent from early 2017 to early 2018, led by New York, California, Massachusetts and New Jersey. (Utility Dive)

• Colorado’s governor signs a bill into law designed to encourage utilities to include storage in their long-term plans. (Utility Dive)
• Residential energy installations outpaced utility-scale projects in the first quarter of this year. (Greentech Media)

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• The Trump administration’s plan to bail out uncompetitive power plants would likely have to get through FERC first. (E&E News)
• A FirstEnergy Solutions executive welcomed President Trump’s coal and nuclear bailout offer but said “additional support at the state level will be necessary” to save jobs in Ohio and Pennsylvania.” (Beaver County Times)
• After declaring bankruptcy, FirstEnergy Solutions spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on lobbying, documents show. (Greentech Media)
• Exelon CEO Chris Crane says there is no emergency to justify power plant bailouts: “We would much prefer a market fix.” (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: A U.S. House bill supported by Rep. Peter Welch could help Vermont get rid of its nuclear waste. (VT Digger)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A Virginia Democratic lawmaker and North Carolina Republican lawmaker introduce a bill to block new offshore drilling off the mid-Atlantic Coast. (Daily Press)

OIL AND GAS: The Government Accountability Office says the Bureau of Land Management is not adequately tracking the costs of “orphaned” oil and gas wells. (The Hill)

• A trio of Illinois bills awaiting the governor’s signature would establish rules for large, ground-mounted solar installations in rural areas. (Midwest Energy News)
• A 100 MW solar project proposed in Maine would be the largest north of Virginia. (PV Magazine)
• Solar energy powers a former crumbling apartment building in Los Angeles, one of the first beneficiaries of an effort to bring free clean energy to low-income renters impacted by fossil fuel development. (High Country News)

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BIOFUELS: A bipartisan group of U.S. senators from the Midwest want to use the 2018 Farm Bill to expand the use of renewable fuels. (Biofuels Digest)

• An Arizona congressman says it’s time to acknowledge the Republican approach to the Navajo Generating Station for what it is — “a hypocritical handout for an outdated fuel source wrapped in concern for tribal well-being.” (The Hill)
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