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House Dems plan hearings on regulatory rollbacks

Correction: An item in Wednesday’s digest about Permian Basin drillers giving away surplus gas contained an incorrect link. Read the story here.

POLITICS: House Democrats plan to hold hearings on the role industry insiders played in President Trump’s rollback of energy and environmental regulations. (CNBC)

ALSO:
• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, pointing to his clean energy record, is running for president on a campaign built around climate change action. (The Atlantic)
Colorado native and former fossil fuels lobbyist David Bernhardt prepares to take over the Interior Department as the acting secretary. (Huffington Post)

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SOLAR:
How activists helped turn a shuttered coal plant in central Massachusetts into the largest solar-plus-storage project in the state. (Fast Company)
• An Oklahoma coal producer urges Indiana regulators to deny a utility’s application to build a 50 MW solar project. (Platts)
• Solar advocates say California’s recent wildfire outbreak illustrates why clean energy must play an even bigger role in the state’s grid. (San Francisco Chronicle)

WIND:
• A survey finds only 1 in 10 beachgoers think their experience would be worsened by wind turbines placed 20 miles offshore. (University of Delaware)
• Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam calls for a multistate offshore wind collaborative in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. (E&E News, subscription)

VEHICLES:
• Tesla’s car production hits record levels, but its stock fell as the company cut prices to offset lower tax credits. (Quartz, Reuters)
General Motors reportedly hit 200,000 electric vehicle sales by the end of 2018, triggering a phase-out of a federal tax credit over the next 15 months. (Reuters)
With financial backing of several automakers, a Colorado company is building the nation’s largest solid-state battery factory outside of Boulder. (Colorado Sun)

UTILITIES:
• Regulators and lawmakers in Georgia and Mississippi debate whether electric cooperatives should be allowed to deliver high-speed internet. (E&E News)
• An energy giant in the Southeast grows larger as Dominion Energy finalizes its acquisition of South Carolina’s Scana Corp. (Greentech Media)

MICROGRIDS: There’s growing interest in shared or multi-user microgrids, but big questions remain about how to manage them. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: A Georgia superior court drops a case against utility regulators over the Vogtle nuclear project. (E&E News, subscription)

PACE: A program lets homeowners finance clean energy via property tax bills, but the true cost and payback time isn’t always disclosed. (Tampa Bay Times)

PIPELINES:
Maryland officials vote against an easement for a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run under the Potomac River. (Baltimore Sun)
• A federal appeals court declines Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers’ request to speed the pace for a case over permitting. (S&P Global)
• Michigan’s new governor asks the state’s attorney general for legal opinions related to her predecessor’s pipeline deal with Enbridge. (Detroit News)

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OIL & GAS:
• The Permian Basin oil boom is reshaping the energy market and presenting unprecedented challenges, some analysts say. (Time)
• The chairman of oilfield services firm Halliburton retires amid a federal probe into a land deal negotiated with former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. (The Hill)

CLIMATE: Cities, states, nonprofits and others are busily forging ahead with climate solutions despite President Trump’s refusal to address the crisis. (USA Today)

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