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Legal fight over Trump power plant rule could hamstring future presidents

EPA: In unveiling its replacement of the Clean Power Plan, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, also a former coal lobbyist, says he expects new coal plants to open as a result. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
The rule depends largely on improving the efficiency of fossil fuel plants to reduce their carbon intensity. (Vox)
• The costs of the Affordable Clean Energy plan could exceed benefits by up to $980 million a year. (E&E News, subscription)
If the Trump plan is ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court, it could limit the ability of future presidents to address climate change. (New York Times)

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CLIMATE:
President Trump’s pick for UN ambassador acknowledges the threat of climate change but says she believes in “both sides of the science” and will recuse herself from some discussions because her husband is a coal executive. (Reuters)
New York’s state Senate advances a sweeping climate change bill, but last-minute changes to the bill eliminated labor protections and social justice provisions included in earlier versions. (Grist)

SOLAR:
• A debate over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline divided Union Hill, Virginia. Now, a nonprofit hopes solar can help bring the community back together. (Energy News Network)
• A solar farm is completed at the Chattanooga, Tennessee airport, making it the nation’s first airport to produce enough power for its daily power needs. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Pollinator-friendly plantings at large solar projects have become the norm in Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)

UTILITIES:
The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday ordered state regulators to eliminate a $168 million grid modernization charge on FirstEnergy customers because it includes no requirement on how the utility must spend the money. (Columbus Dispatch)
• PG&E officials say they’ve discovered more than 1,000 safety risks while inspecting transmission lines and distribution poles over the past few months and have fixed most of the problems. (Associated Press)
• Arizona regulators are set to consider an emergency rule today preventing the state’s utilities from shutting off power during the hottest months of the year. (Arizona Capitol Times)

OIL & GAS:
• For the first time, Texas energy regulators weigh how to reduce natural gas flaring. (E&E News, subscription)
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wants a study to measure the health impacts of fracking on workers and residents after conflicting claims about links to childhood cancers emerged. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Researchers say 84% of studies published from 2009 to 2015 on the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing conclude the industry causes harm to human health. (Daily Climate)

STORAGE: A study of energy storage required by a New Jersey clean energy law examines scenarios in which it could be deployed to help reach 100% renewable energy by 2050. (NJ Spotlight)

TRANSPORTATION: The Utah Department of Transportation will offer a voluntary mileage fee for electric and hybrid vehicles in lieu of a flat annual charge, which some lawmakers see as an eventual replacement for the gasoline tax. (Deseret News)

POLITICS: Presidential candidate Jay Inslee calls on MidAmerican Energy to stop burning coal in new campaign ads in Iowa. (Energy News Network)

MEDIA: Growing concern about climate change is one of the factors that made the HBO documentary series “Chernobyl” an unlikely success. (Los Angeles Times)

COMMENTARY: Two Oregon environmental justice advocates say market-based cap-and-trade laws favor big businesses and disadvantage frontline communities. (The Oregonian)

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