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Minnesota utility to close last coal plants by 2030

COAL: Xcel Energy will close its last two coal plants in Minnesota by 2030 under an agreement with environmental and labor groups. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A top Democrat criticizes the U.S. EPA for not participating in a hearing about the health effects of toxic mercury air pollution. (The Hill)
Illinois lawmakers have until the end of the month to pass more stringent regulations for coal ash storage sites. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• Environmental justice advocates say a Massachusetts program has failed to extend solar power access to low-income communities. (Energy News Network)
• New Hampshire legislators quintupled the state’s net metering cap in legislation that passed with a veto-proof majority. (Utility Dive)

WIND:
• GE is investing $400 million to develop the biggest, tallest, and most powerful wind turbine in the world. (Vox)
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signs a law that could make it more difficult to install wind energy transmission lines on private property. (Associated Press)
• Cables connected to a Rhode Island offshore wind farm will be buried to their proper depth after they became briefly exposed last summer. (Cape Cod Times)

CITIES:
Minneapolis and Seattle encourage denser housing development, which helps boost public transit and reduce emissions from commuting. (Grist)
Salt Lake City moves up its timeline to use 100% renewable energy from 2032 to 2030. (Fox 13)
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, takes climate change action through renewable energy and transportation initiatives. (Blugold Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A major oil company is offering electric vehicle charging at a handful of its California gas stations. (Bloomberg)

BIOMASS: Activists in Mississippi protest Enviva, which wants to build its largest wood pellet mill yet in their community. (Jackson Free Press)

HYDROPOWER: Quebec’s premier is on a trade mission to New York City and Washington, D.C. to promote the province’s hydropower as the “battery of North America.” (CBC)

OIL & GAS: Millions of abandoned oil and gas wells in Appalachia cause concerns about climate change and public safety. (E&E News)

PIPELINES:
• The Texas Senate advances a bill to stiffen penalties for people who damage or trespass near oil and gas operations. (Associated Press)
Massachusetts officials admit an air quality permit for a proposed compressor station was issued based on incomplete data. (State House News Service)

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POLITICS:
• Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet releases a climate plan that includes a $1 trillion fund to underwrite research and projects. (Denver Post)
• Amy Klobuchar is the latest 2020 presidential candidate to pledge not to accept campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• The director of the Native Organizers Alliance says Native leadership is inspiring the world to mobilize against fossil fuels. (The Hill)
• The lack of detail in Tesla’s recent solar price cut announcement raises questions, says the founder of a solar price comparison website. (Greentech Media)

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