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Major insurers abandon coal, leaving industry with shrinking options

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COAL: More than half of the world’s largest insurers will no longer cover companies that build or operate coal-fired power plants. (The Guardian)

ALSO: American Electric Power and Southern Co. will not renew memberships with the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. (E&E News, subscription)

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BIOMASS:
• Turning ancient forests into wood pellets is putting Estonia’s tourism and climate commitments at risk — a cautionary tale for North Carolina, industry critics say. (Energy News Network)
Wood pellets cause more climate pollution than coal when they’re burned, so why does Europe call them “carbon neutral”? (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: Customer education could be a barrier for utilities as they roll out time-of-use rates, according to a recent survey. (Energy News Network)

GRID: California regulators recently discovered that battery deployment was actually increasing emissions, and have figured out how to fix it. (Vox)

HYDROPOWER:
Canadian hydropower is a carbon-free for New England states, but the dams come at a cost for indigenous communities. (VT Digger / Pulitzer Center)
Idaho Power is set to voluntarily dismiss its lawsuit against the EPA involving relicensing of a hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Cities, states and utilities are increasingly looking to floating solar projects as a potential solution to land-use concerns. (Grist)
• Texas is expected to double its solar energy output next year and in 2021 as developers take advantage of expiring tax subsidies. (Houston Chronicle)

WIND: Xcel Energy officials say declining wind energy prices are undercutting more expensive fossil fuel power. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

RENEWABLES: An environmental group files a petition with North Carolina utility regulators to stop ratepayer money from being used to fund campaigns against renewables and climate action. (PV Magazine)

ELECTRIFICATION: Washington State Ferries, the world’s second-largest ferry operator, is switching from diesel to batteries. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES:
• Presidential candidates begin to weigh in on disputes surrounding Enbridge pipelines in crucial Upper Midwest swing states. (Michigan Advance)
Indigenous activist Winona LaDuke says concerns around Enbridge’s Line 3 and Line 5 pipelines are “pretty interrelated.” (Michigan Advance)

OIL & GAS: The Trump administration plans to open more than 1.9 million acres of national forests and grasslands in Texas to oil and natural gas drilling. (Houston Chronicle)

HYDROGEN:
•“Green” hydrogen produced with renewable electricity remains inefficient and expensive, causing some experts to question its potential. (Greentech Media)
Maine could host a pilot project to convert excess solar and wind power into a gas that can be stored in underground pipelines. (Portland Press Herald) 

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CLIMATE: In Florida and elsewhere, Republicans are being pressured to address climate change and clean energy. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Clean energy won’t solve the climate crisis if we don’t also cut use of fossil fuels, an energy columnist explains. (Axios)
• Whether waste-to-energy is “renewable” is debatable and not a solution to climate change, a sustainability consultant writes. (Energy News Network)
• Researchers say the growing amount of waste from used solar panels will be an ongoing concern as the industry expands. (Scientific American)

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