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Hurricane debunks Trump grid reliability arguments

COAL: Experts say Hurricane Florence revealed major flaws in the Trump administration’s argument that coal and nuclear plants are vital for grid reliability in a disaster. (Washington Post)

EPA: The EPA’s air chief signs a recusal letter formally pledging to avoid participating in matters involving several dozen companies and trade groups he previously represented as an attorney. (E&E News, subscription)

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Duke Energy lifts the low-level emergency at its Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina and begins ferrying out the nearly 300 workers who were trapped by floodwaters. (News & Observer)
A Florida utility urges Georgia regulators to abandon work on the Vogtle nuclear power plant. (Power Engineering Magazine)

• A judge issues a temporary stay on the Mountain Valley Pipeline on property where the pipeline will enter a river in West Virginia. (Beckley Register-Herald)
• Trespassing near oil and gas pipelines is now a felony offense in Louisiana, but it’s unclear if protesters charged so far will be prosecuted. (WNNO)
Protesters block a bridge near Enbridge’s planned Line 3 replacement pipeline in northern Minnesota. (Associated Press)

Xcel Energy completes construction of Colorado’s largest wind farm. (Denver Post)
• A developer withdraws plans for a 600 MW wind project in northern Indiana. (Jeffersonville News and Tribune)
• Conservative lawmakers, activists, and an oil investor campaigned to stop a wind farm in rural Texas. (Texas Observer)
Boston University will offset its carbon emissions with wind power from South Dakota starting in 2020. (Associated Press)

• Ohio regulators develop a grid modernization roadmap, though questions remain over costs and implementation. (Energy News Network)
• Environmental groups, zero-emission generators and Illinois regulators back  a set of shared principals as PJM redesigns its capacity market. (RTO Insider)

• California is the undisputed state leader when it comes to solar energy, according to a new report. (CNBC)
A state program offers Massachusetts farmers “agrovoltaic” incentives to incorporate solar arrays with their crops. (PV Magazine)
• The University of Nebraska Medical Center plans to install the largest rooftop solar array in the state. (Omaha World-Herald)

• A California startup is launching a new battery system that links to home automation and energy management devices, a possible rival to Tesla’s Powerwall. (Greentech Media)
• California regulators propose a fix for a state incentive program for energy storage that inadvertently raised greenhouse gas emissions. (Utility Dive)

As electric vehicle sales pick up in Colorado, two rural co-ops have been leading the way on encouraging the transition. (Energy News Network)
• Multiple company announcements for charging stations and updated projections for EV deployment reflect a market that is “heating up faster than expected.” (Utility Dive)

• California and New Mexico sue the Trump administration over its rollback of federal methane rules. (Associated Press)
• Attorneys for two oil companies targeted in a climate change lawsuit argue the plaintiffs — and everyone else that uses fossil fuels — are to blame for damages. (Longmont Times-Call)

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CARBON TAX: A carbon charge in New York would only have a slight impact on wholesale energy prices, according to a new report commissioned by the state’s grid operator. (RTO Insider)

• Supporters of an Arizona clean energy initiative say language inserted into the ballot measure by the attorney general’s office makes it unlikely to pass. (Arizona Republic)
• The city council in Spokane, Washington overrides the mayor’s veto of a plan to get all of the city’s energy from renewable sources by 2030. (The Spokesman-Review)

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