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Harvey shutters a fifth of U.S. refining capacity, releases hazardous pollutants

OIL & GAS: Flooding in Texas and Louisiana has shut down nearly 20 percent of the country’s oil-refining capacity. (Reuters)

• ExxonMobil says Hurricane Harvey damaged two of its Texas refineries, causing the release of hazardous pollutants. (Washington Post, Politico)
• Hurricane Harvey has shut a significant portion of shale production in Texas, and the industry may be slow to bounce back. (Wall Street Journal)
• As the aftermath of Harvey moves into Louisiana, heavy rains and flooding are threatening oil refineries there. (Washington Post, Oil and Gas Investor)
• Recent hurricane damage to Texas’ oil and gas industry raises questions about the area’s role as a hub for environmentally sensitive industries. (New York Times)

• Duke Energy is canceling plans to build its proposed Levy nuclear project in Florida, and also announced it will spend $6 billion in the state to construct solar farms, install electric vehicle charging stations and improve the electric grid. (Greentech Media)
• Experts say significant new nuclear generation is unlikely in the near future, but are divided over what source could replace it. (Utility Dive)
• A new lawsuit is being launched against South Carolina Electric & Gas and its parent company, SCANA, over the abandoned Summer nuclear project in South Carolina. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Tribes fighting the Dakota Access pipeline say the developer is overstating the potential impacts of a shutdown and “brought potential problems on itself” by building the project despite the uncertainty of final federal approval. (Associated Press)

COAL: Colorado’s largest utility will retire 660 megawatts of coal-generated power and add 1,000 megawatts of wind, 700 megawatts of solar and 700 megawatts of natural gas power under its “Colorado Energy Plan.” (Denver Post)

RENEWABLES: A 36-unit housing development opening next year in California’s Central Valley will be the largest net-zero-energy community in the state. (Greentech Media)

• Solar advocates are cautiously optimistic about new net metering rules in Utah. (Deseret News)
• Duke Energy’s plan to add up to 700 megawatts of solar power to Florida’s grid by 2021 could double the state’s solar capacity. (Bloomberg Business)
• A review of weather shows the U.S. is getting hotter and wetter, which influences solar performance nationwide. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE: Lithium resources found on the border of Oregon and Nevada could be good news for Tesla, which needs the element to manufacture batteries at its Gigafactory outside of Reno. (Inverse)

WIND: Delaware’s governor signs an executive order to establish a working group to study the state’s potential for offshore wind. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: A bipartisan group of Ohio lawmakers saw firsthand how energy efficiency programs support good jobs as they met with union and business leaders last week at a Cleveland-area training facility. (Midwest Energy News)

FINANCE: Two Michigan cities adopt Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs, but do so in a relatively uncommon way compared to other communities in the state. (Midwest Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A $10 million rebate proposal from American Electric Power and environmental groups would double the amount of EV charging stations in Ohio by giving incentives to various property owners. (Columbus Dispatch)

GRID: On a weekly energy podcast, a senior Energy Department adviser talks about the process, critical reactions and key findings of the agency’s newly released grid study. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE: Coal giant Peabody Energy says its recent emergence from bankruptcy should shield it from a climate change lawsuit being brought by three California municipalities. (Seeking Alpha)

• The federal ethanol mandate no longer makes sense, but farm-state governors and other proponents continue to ignore the facts, says a federal energy policy manager for the R Street Institute. (Governing)
• A former underground coal miner from Kentucky says that coal miner deaths are up, even as the number of jobs are down, because of “the greed of coal tycoons and politicians.” (WV Public Broadcasting)

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