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Murray Energy declares bankruptcy

COAL: Murray Energy becomes the fifth major U.S. coal company to declare bankruptcy this year amid heightened financial challenges for the industry. (Columbus Dispatch, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

BIOMASS:
Changes to U.K. renewable energy subsidies could determine the future of the wood pellet industry in the southeastern United States. (Energy News Network)
Dartmouth University grapples with whether biomass should be part of the college’s climate plan. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

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RENEWABLES: More wind and solar will mean less lung and heart disease, and no region stands to benefit more than the Midwest, according to a new study by Harvard researchers. (Energy News Network)

TRANSPORTATION: Major players in the auto industry are siding with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over California’s authority to set tougher auto emissions standards. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A bill in New Jersey would offer rebates of up to $5,000 for electric vehicles as well as expanding charging infrastructure. (NJ Spotlight)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E says two Northern California wildfires last weekend may have been started by its power lines despite planned power outages, and admits to “major shortcomings” in executing previous shut-offs. (San Francisco Chronicle)
The utility is set to begin shutting off power again today, leaving 1.5 million people in 29 counties in the dark for up to five days. (Associated Press)
A new analysis says PG&E transitioning to a public utility is increasingly possible. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• The largest proposed community solar program in the country, led by Florida Power & Light, is moving forward, but the complicated plan still needs regulator approval. (Greentech Media)
• A school in the Atlanta metro area is on track to become the first elementary school in the state to run on 100% solar energy, and other schools are following suit. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

EFFICIENCY: Congress is running out of time to pass bipartisan legislation that would extend two tax credits for residential energy efficiency. (Utility Dive) 

OIL & GAS:
• New York hasn’t yet shown Exxon intentionally misled investors on climate risks, but under the law it doesn’t need to prove intent to win. (Bloomberg)
The U.S. Coast Guard says it is responding to a crude oil leak from a storage tank at a wildlife management area in Louisiana. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR: Two nuclear power plants vying to operate for as long as 80 years hit regulatory milestones. (E&E News, subscription)

EPA: Attorneys general from Pennsylvania and 12 other states say a refinery explosion in Philadelphia earlier this year shows why the EPA should not roll back accident prevention standards. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

PIPELINES: The Yes Men admit to organizing a fake news conference for an Indigenous-backed pipeline route that would cut through golf courses, cemeteries and neighborhoods in Duluth, Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: The oil and gas industry, fearing Trump’s regulatory rollbacks will stoke a fossil fuel backlash, tries to associate itself with President Barack Obama in a series of ads that former Obama officials say are misleading. (Heated)

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