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Most coal-producing states lost coal mining jobs in 2017

• Nearly two-thirds of coal-producing states lost coal mining jobs in 2017, while West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania saw modest gains. (Reuters)
• Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was convicted for his role in a deadly 2010 coal mine explosion, launches his U.S. Senate campaign by telling a crowd in West Virginia that President Trump presents a real opportunity for jobs in the state. (Associated Press)

• A Philadelphia utility says consumption of natural gas is hitting new records in the city’s suburbs due to unusually low temperatures. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, says he will block three Interior Department nominees until his state is formally removed from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling expansion plan. (Platts)
• Virginia’s U.S. senators call for public hearings on offshore drilling plan. (Virginian-Pilot)

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PIPELINES: TransCanada says its Keystone XL pipeline is fully subscribed for potential shipments, though hurdles remain before construction can begin. (InsideClimate News)

• Honolulu-based Hawaiian Electric saw a 19 percent increase in solar installations in 2017, making it the largest year-to-year increase since 2013. (Pacific Business News)
• A California company begins construction on the largest utility-scale solar project in Texas, which will total 236 megawatts of capacity. (Houston Chronicle)
• Solar trade case petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld send a letter to President Trump, saying they are “grateful to hear the President understands the seriousness of the problem” posed by cheap solar imports. (Portland Business Journal)
• Extreme weather events like fires and hurricanes reduced solar output by 5 percent or more during the third quarter of 2017, according to new research. (Greentech Media)
• A Louisiana rooftop solar company sees opportunity targeting low-income neighborhoods that other installers have avoided. (Bloomberg)
• With the completion of a 1.87 MW solar array, a small Iowa city moves closer to energy independence. (Midwest Energy News)
• California, Connecticut and Minnesota lead the country in funding commercial solar projects through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. (pv Magazine)

• Nike signs a power-purchase agreement with Avangrid Renewables to buy 86 MW of power from a wind farm in Texas. (San Antonio Business Journal)
• New York regulators greenlight a project to build and operate a 126 MW wind farm in Chautauqua County. (Windpower Engineering & Development)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Hampshire and several other Northeast states are considering developing an electric vehicle charging station corridor that could stretch from Quebec to Washington, D.C. (New Hampshire Business Review)

• A senior Westinghouse executive was reportedly demoted after raising concerns with a key contractor on South Carolina’s failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• NextEra and another Southeast utility, Louisiana-based Entergy, are cutting ties with the leading nuclear power trade group. (Southeast Energy News)

POLICY: Five senators unveil a legislative proposal to allow state oversight of oil and gas development on federal lands, which they say will address federal backlogs and eliminate permitting delays and duplicative regulations. (Deseret News)

• Federal science advisory committee meetings have reached 20-year lows under the Trump administration, and fewer experts are serving on those committees, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Grist)
• The impact of the Trump administration’s anti-regulatory environmental agenda is already being felt in communities across the country. (Los Angeles Times)

OVERSIGHT: Before federal regulators rejected a FirstEnergy plan to sell a West Virginia coal plant, a company lawyer attempted to communicate with a federal regulator on the decision. (Utility Dive)

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CLIMATE: U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Republican from south Florida, has emerged as one of his party’s most vocal advocates for climate action. (Yale Environment 360)

• Appalachians understand that the coal industry isn’t coming back, but the Trump administration is making it hard for them to move on, says a writer for Nexus Media.
• New York needs to develop a clean energy kit to solve its power problem, says a transmission and microgrid executive. (Crain’s New York Business)

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