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Hurricane highlights coal ash, offshore drilling risks

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Historic rains cause a North Carolina coal ash landfill to collapse, spilling 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash. Duke Energy is unsure whether it contaminated the Cape Fear River. (Herald Sun, Associated Press)

ALSO: An industry group says the U.S. should expand offshore drilling so infrastructure is not concentrated in hurricane-prone areas, while environmentalists say there is no safe place to drill. (Washington Post)

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SOLAR:
A Minnesota solar entrepreneur looks to bring clean energy job training opportunities to an underserved Minneapolis neighborhood. (Energy News Network)
Grid operator MISO says it’s too soon to develop a detailed solar capacity credit process, though it could look similar to the one used to establish wind credits. (RTO Insider)

RENEWABLES: A federal appeals court decision to uphold Illinois’ nuclear subsidy program will also likely benefit state policies that support renewable energy, legal experts say. (InsideClimate News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Portland-area transit agency reveals a $500 million plan to phase out diesel buses and switch to an electric fleet by 2042. (The Oregonian)
ChargePoint aims to install 2.5 million EV charging stations by 2025, mostly in North America and Europe. (CNET)

TRANSPORTATION: California’s governor signs a bill into law requiring the regulation of tailpipe emissions from ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. (E&E News)

PIPELINES:
• Bayou Bridge Pipeline developers extend the target completion date by two months, which they attributed to weather delays. (The Advocate)
• Construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline proceeded for several days after work was supposedly suspended because of Hurricane Florence. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS:
• The Trump administration accuses federal employees in Alaska of slowing down plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. (KTOO)
Aging infrastructure could have contributed to natural gas explosions outside Boston last week. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR: The House passes bipartisan legislation that could spur more money and attention for advanced nuclear energy technologies. (Axios)

HYDROPOWER:
• Utah officials prepare to dedicate a new $42 million hydroelectric plant, which sits next to one of the oldest power plants in the West. (Deseret News)
• An Oregon congresswoman steers $105 million into a federal spending bill for researchers looking into how to convert power from ocean waves into electricity. (The Oregonian)

STORAGE: National Grid installs a solar-plus-storage system in Massachusetts to demonstrate utility storage through the use of flow batteries. (RTO Insider)

TRANSMISSION: Maine residents urge regulators to stop a proposed hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts. (The Franklin Journal)

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CARBON: Drawn to Wyoming by a carbon capture competition, a group of Scottish researchers decided to stay and launch their own company. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• Utilities have a problem: the public wants 100% renewable energy, and quick, writes David Roberts. (Vox)
• The divestment movement, once little more than a campus protest, has been building extraordinary momentum. (The New Yorker)

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