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New EPA head under fire for meetings with former clients

POLITICS: Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler faces a call for an ethics probe less than three weeks after taking over for Scott Pruitt. (HuffPost)

MORE: Wheeler, a former coal and mining lobbyist, may have violated an ethics pledge by meeting with former clients since being sworn in as deputy EPA administrator on April 20. (E&E News)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• Several environmental groups come out against a Nevada energy choice initiative, saying it could disrupt the market and stall clean energy progress. (Greentech Media)
• Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is having a “game-changing” year in Michigan. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Texas regulators unanimously reject what would be the nation’s largest wind farm, saying it doesn’t offer enough benefits for ratepayers. (Bloomberg)  
New Jersey utility regulators propose a system of offshore renewable wind energy credits to help finance project construction. (Press of Atlantic City)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy runs out of money for solar rebates in North Carolina just two weeks after it began taking applications. (WFAE)
• Solar development is a hot issue across Illinois as companies take advantage of statewide incentives approved in 2016. (Belleville News-Democrat)
• A Los Angeles suburb cuts ties with a controversial solar project and stands to lose its $20 million investment. (Southern California News Group)

PIPELINES:
Seven states urge FERC to give greater consideration to environmental costs, including climate change, when approving new natural gas pipelines. (InsideClimate News)
An appeals court rules against a group of nuns trying to stop a natural gas pipeline from crossing their rural Pennsylvania property. (Associated Press)
• Virginia Democrats urge Gov. Ralph Northam to halt pipeline projects and review how they will affect water quality. (Virginia Mercury)

OIL AND GAS:
• U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is on hand for the unveiling of a natural gas export terminal in Maryland, the second of its kind in the country. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• The U.S. oil and gas industry has invested at least $880,000 in Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Senate campaign. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Texas is on track to shatter its oil production record with fewer employees and rigs. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• The lack of disruption from a Montana coal plant’s month-long shutdown is more evidence that the plant isn’t needed, environmentalists say. (Utility Dive)
• An Indiana project that seeks to convert coal to diesel fuel ignites a fierce debate among residents. (UPI)

TRANSMISSION: Xcel Energy completes the first segment of a $400 million transmission line project that will deliver power from West Texas to New Mexico’s booming oil and gas region. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An all-electric shuttle bus service in Chicago offers lessons as transit agencies and schools look to electrify their fleets. (Energy News Network)

BIOFUELS: President Trump says at a stop in Iowa that he is “getting very close” to securing year-round ethanol sales. (Quad-City Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Will the electric grid could go the way of the landline phone? Utilities face challenges from growing energy efficiency to a changing economy. (Wired)
• U.S. fossil fuel production is subsidized to the tune of $20 billion a year — far more than renewables, writes David Roberts. (Vox)

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