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Is transmission the answer on grid resilience?

SOLAR: Solar power is growing in areas typically dominated by wind generation as a federal wind tax credit steps down. (Greentech Media)

• A former Trump economic adviser says he tried to sell the president on the importance of solar jobs, which far exceed coal-mining jobs. (Bloomberg)
• At an event unveiling Tesla’s latest vehicle, Elon Musk says 2019 will be the “the year of the solar roof and power wall.” (Greentech Media)

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TRANSMISSION: FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee suggests transmission investments could play a central role in grid resilience. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: Microgrids and other standalone energy systems could help deliver electricity to California when utilities shut down power to help prevent wildfires. (Los Angeles Times)

EMISSIONS: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam vetoes two bills that would have prohibited the state from entering regional programs to reduce carbon emissions from power plants and vehicles. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Property owners in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s path are relieved by recent delays, which they hope might stop the project, but it’s unclear if the halt on construction will last. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS: The Trump administration is finalizing plans to relax drilling restrictions across the West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Waivers granted to some small refineries under former U.S. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt caused ethanol consumption to drop in 2018 for the first time in 20 years. (E&E News, subscription)

Nuclear industry leaders are pushing federal regulators to conduct fewer inspections and limit the amount of information released to the public. (Associated Press)
PJM’s independent market monitor says power prices are not too low and revenue was up for coal and nuclear plants in 2018, possibly undermining the case for nuclear subsidies in New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)

• Elon Musk unveils Tesla’s Model Y crossover sport utility vehicle, though the car won’t be available until at least late 2020. (Los Angeles Times)
• As it falls behind on electric vehicles, Toyota plans to invest $750 million in hybrid vehicle manufacturing in five states. (DeSmogBlog, Ohio Valley Resource)

• As students across the world plan climate strikes today, polling suggests most Ohio adults agree with youth activists’ call for climate action and a transition to clean energy. (Energy News Network)
• A United Nations representative and key architect of the Paris climate agreement tells University of Michigan students to maintain “stubborn optimism.” (MLive)

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2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke, despite his support of the Green New Deal, will face an “army” of young activists who want him to pledge not to accept fossil fuel money. (E&E News, subscription)
• Former Colorado governor and presidential candidate John Hickenlooper tells oil industry executives that climate change requires society to move “hard and fast.” (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: If you are flying, you should be buying carbon offsets, which, contrary to popular belief, do make a difference, an author writes. (Ensia)

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