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Miners disheartened by Trump’s silence on pay protests

COAL: ‘A tweet would be great:’ Miners blocking a coal train in Kentucky call on President Trump to visit their protest over pay they’re owed by bankrupt coal company Blackjewel. (CNN)

ALSO: Contura Energy makes a successful bid for the assets of three Blackjewel mines, and a bankruptcy court hearing today could determine if laid off miners get their paychecks. (Associated Press, Ohio Valley Resource)

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SOLAR:
• A struggle between utilities, customers and solar vendors over net metering is holding back renewable energy in the U.S., experts say. (UPI)
• South Carolina utility regulators hire a firm with deep ties to power companies to develop new rules for solar energy in the state. (Post and Courier)
• As federal tax credits expire for solar projects, customers in Minnesota and elsewhere rush to install projects. (Rochester Post Bulletin)
• Amazon announces a 45 MW solar farm project in southwest Virginia to supply energy to its data centers. (CNBC)

WIND:
• Wind advocates say improved turbine technology will help the industry as federal tax credits expire. (E&E News, subscription)
• A fishing industry advocate says it may be too late to compile an accurate “before” study of conditions in areas under development for offshore wind as some work has already begun. (South Coast Today)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A complex solar partnership helps a Wisconsin dairy cooperative offset 100% of its energy use with renewables. (Energy News Network, LaCrosse Tribune)
• The cost of transitioning to clean energy could be offset by the savings of not having to buy fossil fuels, an energy management scholar says. (Forbes)
• 2020 presidential candidate and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee pitches labor unions on the benefits of a clean energy revolution. (HuffPost)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A handful of companies and organizations have announced partnerships and initiatives to build big networks of EV fast chargers. (CNN)
• Maine will develop new charging stations and launch a $2,000 rebate for electric vehicles using Volkswagen settlement money. (Energy News Network)

TRANSPORTATION: Thirteen states sue the Trump Administration, arguing it broke the law by cutting penalties for automakers that do not meet Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. (The Hill)

EMISSIONS:
• New York’s grid operator is preparing to ask federal regulators to approve a plan to put a price on carbon emissions from the power sector. (E&E News, subscription)
• The next 18 months could determine the future of carbon dioxide emissions in South Carolina, according to an energy analyst. (Statehouse Report)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia regulators order all work to stop along a 2-mile section of the Mountain Valley Pipeline because of failure to comply with erosion control plans. (Roanoke Times)
• While tree-sitters and other protesters try to hold the line on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, including one just arrested in West Virginia, lawyers use courts to halt construction. (Virginia Mercury, Bluefield Daily Telegraph)
• The endangered golden-cheeked warbler is at the center of a fight over pipeline construction in Texas. (Grist)

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OIL & GAS:
• Ohio regulators order a natural gas provider to cease operations within a month after the company failed to comply with several regulatory orders. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• The United States hits a new daily record for natural gas use in the power sector. (Today in Energy)

COMMENTARY:
• A renewable energy pioneer in Minnesota after more than four decades sees his fact-based view vindicated, a columnist writes. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• The longtime Republican mayor of Carmel, Indiana, has spent his career pushing for urban resiliency and climate change action. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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