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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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• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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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