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More cities consider curbing new natural gas hookups

OIL & GAS: More than a dozen California cities have enacted zoning codes to reduce or ban the use of natural gas in homes, and cities in Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington state are considering doing the same. (USA Today)

ALSO:
• Permian Basin oil and gas companies are increasingly relying on wind and solar power in a bid to ensure that the shale boom continues. (Reuters)
• Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania seeks passage of a resolution stating that a president cannot ban fracking. (Associated Press)
• A French oil company says it will leave the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers association because of its stance on climate change. (E&E News, subscription)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• Military veterans are well-equipped for clean energy jobs as their experience often translates to the field. (Energy News Network)
• The cost of renewable energy is continuing to fall, but the rate of decline is slowing, according to a new analysis. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Fights over charging stations at Whole Foods grocery stores could be a sign of what’s to come as electric vehicles become more commonplace. (E&E News)
• “The growth is coming, and it’s the right time now” to invest in electric vehicle models, says Ford’s global electric vehicle executive. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A court agrees to temporarily halt the Trump administration’s decision to reimpose tariffs on bifacial solar panels. (Greentech Media)
• SunPower announces it will split into two publicly traded companies, separating solar panel manufacturing from storage and energy services. (Reuters) 

HYDROPOWER: Aging dams throughout the U.S. are putting thousands of people at risk of flooding. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy closes the V.C. Summer nuclear reactor in South Carolina after finding a small leak in the plant’s coolant system. (Herald Sun)

PIPELINES: The top federal pipeline safety official speaking at a conference makes the case for more flexible rules rather than prescriptive standards that safety advocates prefer. (S&P Global)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management withdraws more than 500 square miles of sensitive sage grouse habitat from an oil and gas drilling lease auction scheduled tomorrow after a judge blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to ease protection. (Associated Press)

COAL:
A repurposed Kentucky mine is one way coal communities in Appalachia are trying to revitalize towns as the coal industry declines. (Ohio Valley Resource)
A nonprofit is working with forestry experts to rebuild forests on abandoned mine land throughout Appalachia. (Register Herald)
Crow Nation members say a coal company contractor working under federal oversight in Montana desecrated one of the largest known Native American bison killing grounds to make way for a coal mine. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: California’s utility regulator is expected to launch an investigation into PG&E’s planned public safety power outages this week. (Times-Standard)

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CLIMATE:
• The U.S. Federal Reserve held its first climate change conference Friday as the bank prepares to incorporate climate impacts into how it does business. (New York Times)
• Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Exxon Mobil during a climate change summit in Iowa, saying the company knew “exactly what was going to happen in the 1970s” regarding global warming. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• The economic case for clean energy is playing a major role in cities and utilities moving away from natural gas, says a principal at Rocky Mountain Institute. (Greentech Media)
• Sen. Mitch McConnell’s panic after Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin lost his election could help coal miners get healthcare and pensions, an editorial board says. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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