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Investor firms grapple with growing climate risks

FINANCE: The CEO of the world’s largest investment manager says company boards need to step up efforts on climate change or risk growing backlash from investors concerned about unsustainable business practices. (Reuters)

ALSO: Vanguard, the world’s second-largest asset manager, refuses to join a group of major investors demanding climate action from polluters. (The Guardian)

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE:
As the NAACP cautions local chapters against utility and fossil fuel influence, the Indiana chapter has for years led a vibrant energy justice movement. (Energy News Network)
• Critics say President Trump’s proposal to overhaul a bedrock federal environmental law will hurt poorer, nonwhite communities the most. (The Hill)

SOLAR: Tribal leaders hope a large-scale solar project planned on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota can be a model for similar projects across the country. (Native News Online)

STORAGE: The Trump administration’s hope for establishing a domestic supply chain for energy storage may require looking beyond lithium. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
• Wind energy advocates join utilities and gas and coal mining groups to support streamlining federal environmental regulations, putting them at odds with environmental groups. (Utility Dive, E&E News, subscription)
• South-central Montana is set to be a renewable energy powerhouse as wind developers line up projects in the region. (Billings Gazette)

OIL & GAS: A trio of Democratic senators is pressuring Marathon Petroleum’s largest shareholders to warn the company to stop lobbying against climate action. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES: After an Ohio utility’s grid modernization charge is rejected, the company not only gets to keep the money it collected, but will also reinstate an older subsidy to attempt the same thing. (Energy News Network)

TRANSPORTATION: Maine Gov. Janet Mills joins other New England governors showing reluctance to impose carbon costs that might make driving more expensive. (Boston Globe)

COAL:
Coal miners frustrated over not being paid for weeks of work block a load of coal from moving in Pike County, Kentucky. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Securitization is helping utilities transition from coal-fired generation in Montana, Colorado and New Mexico. (Utility Drive)
A closer look at the way utilities run coal plants could be a rare win for climate hawks that promises significant savings while reducing emissions. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL ASH: Residents of Juliette, Georgia, home of America’s largest coal-fired power plant, are concerned about the effects of coal ash on drinking water. (Grist) 

PIPELINES: Lawyers for landowners and environmentalists argue federal courts should reverse precedents and allow earlier challenges to pipeline permits issued by federal regulators. (Bloomberg)

TRANSMISSION:
Missouri lawmakers revive efforts to block the Grain Belt Express transmission project despite approval from courts and regulators. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Hydro-Quebec faces a hefty fine by Maine election officials for its late release of information about its spending to influence a referendum seeking to stop a transmission line it would benefit from. (Maine Public)

HEAT PUMPS: A Massachusetts utility develops a pilot program to create networked ground source heat pumps that can take advantage of existing natural gas pipes. (WBUR)

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POLITICS:
Oregon Democrats unveil new cap-and-trade legislation, which will likely again face stiff opposition despite efforts to compromise with rural lawmakers. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
• In a Q&A, Kristie Smith of the Virginia Conservation Network discusses the Virginia Clean Economy Act and environmentalists’ optimism for the upcoming legislative session. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY: A promising array of electric trucks, buses and delivery vans is slated to enter the U.S. market, bringing many benefits including lower energy use, emissions and operating costs, an efficiency advocate writes. (ACEEE)

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