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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Amazon says it will buy power from three wind farms, the first clean energy deal announced for its data centers in years, while it also aggressively courts the fossil fuel industry. (Greentech Media, Gizmodo)

ALSO:
• Rapidly falling renewable prices have shaved $10 trillion off the estimated cost to meet targets under the Paris Agreement, an analysis finds. (Bloomberg)
The author of California’s landmark clean energy legislation wants clean technology startups to focus on low-income communities. (Greentech Media)
• Maryland lawmakers passed an increase in the renewable energy requirement to 50 percent by 2030 on the last day of the legislative session. (Baltimore Sun)

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SOLAR:
• A California nonprofit is helping tribes across the West launch ambitious community solar projects. (E&E News)
With large-scale solar projects approved and planned, analysts rank Ohio high among Midwest states poised for solar growth. (PV Magazine)

CARBON: Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers studying carbon capture, storage and use say cost remains a barrier. (CNBC)

CAP-AND-TRADE: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam remains quiet about potentially vetoing an amendment that would prevent the state from joining a regional cap-and-trade program. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
A lawyer for coal miners argues in court that they have a statutory right to speak anonymously to government inspectors. (NPR)
• Coal’s days in the Navajo Nation appear to be numbered as the tribe looks to develop more clean energy. (E&E News)

PIPELINES: President Trump is expected to announce executive orders that spur private investment in energy infrastructure and undermine local authority to block pipelines. (Bloomberg)

GRID:
New England’s grid operator is considering a new market mechanism to improve energy security. (Utility Dive)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $485 million to upgrade rural electric systems, including smart grid technologies. (KWES)

NUCLEAR: Supporters and opponents of a nuclear subsidy bill in Pennsylvania squared off in a legislative hearing on Monday, with former Gov. Tom Ridge citing national security concerns. (The Times, Post Gazette)

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CLIMATE:
Colorado’s ski industry is making strides toward achieving carbon-neutral operations in its effort to fight climate change. (U.S. News and World Report)
Florida Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor isn’t ruling out nuclear power and carbon capture as potential climate change solutions. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• If an offshore drilling ban is upheld, it will extend the Trump administration’s losing streak in court, two law professors write. (The Conversation)
Advocacy groups pushing for utility coal ash cleanup plans say states like Illinois can use North Carolina as a model. (Earthjustice)

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