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Landmark Oregon climate bill close to final vote

CLIMATE: Oregon is poised to pass one of the most progressive climate policies in the nation as legislation creating a cap-and-trade program moves closer to a final vote by lawmakers. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Courts are increasingly accepting the science of climate change in deliberating lawsuits seeking to hold companies accountable for emissions. (Undark)
• The International Energy Agency issued a report Friday touting the potential of hydrogen to reduce carbon emissions. (Bloomberg)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
A $1 billion clean energy bill in Massachusetts does not address climate change adequately because it fails to set priorities for start action, critics say. (Energy News Network)
Wisconsin Democrats push legislation to create a new statewide development authority designed to jumpstart renewable energy companies. (Wisconsin State Journal)
Xcel Energy’s CEO says customers are demanding clean energy but don’t want to sacrifice affordability and reliability, and that climate change should be a bipartisan issue. (Daily Energy Insider, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR:
An early adopter of Tesla’s solar roof shares her experiences with the product. (Inverse)
• A 400 kW solar array on an apartment complex near Portland could be a model for other multi-family housing projects in the state. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Kentucky regulators rule that electric vehicle charging stations are not subject to utility regulations, a decision that could allow for more stations to be installed. (Associated Press)
Norway offers a model on how Massachusetts and other states can promote and adopt electric vehicle sales. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
A volunteer commission of Connecticut officials and professionals met Friday to discuss ways to allay environmental concerns related to the pending offshore wind boom. (CT News Junkie)
North Dakota is falling short of wind energy production goals recommended by an industry advisory panel a decade ago. (Forum News Service)

PIPELINES:
Pennsylvania regulators have opened formal proceedings to review pipeline safety issues following a rash of accidents across the state. (Post-Gazette)
Construction delays raise questions about the future of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS:
North Dakota’s attorney general says he plans to ask a federal agency that regulates the transportation of hazardous materials to try to stop Washington’s new volatility rules for rail-shipped oil. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Pope Francis warns a gathering of oil and gas executives at the Vatican that “time is running out” to address climate change. (The Hill)

UTILITIES:
A Colorado wholesale power provider is considering placing itself under federal regulation just one month after a new law went into effect requiring state approval of its plans. (Denver Post)
The city of Boulder, Colorado has made a final offer of $82 million to Xcel Energy to buy its own assets in its bid to create its own municipal electric utility. (Denver Post)

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ETHANOL: As President Trump turns to ethanol to reinvigorate his popularity with Midwestern farmers, scientists continue to dispute whether the fuel has any environmental or climate benefit. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY: Texas leads a nationwide push to crack down on pipeline protestors, an oil and gas industry executive says. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

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