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New FERC chair pledges to keep politics out of decision-making

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OVERSIGHT: Neil Chatterjee, the new chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, pledges to keep politics out of his agency’s decision-making. (Washington Post)

ALSO: A federal energy regulator raises concerns about using fuel security and grid resilience as a justification to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (Utility Dive)

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CLIMATE: At a recent forum, Exelon CEO Chris Crane says “we have to consider every single source and every single option” to reduce carbon emissions. (Brookings Institution)

• General Motors’ call for a national zero-emissions vehicle policy upset environmental and industry groups while catching its allies in the auto industry off guard. (E&E News)
• Replacing aging diesel school buses with cleaner models is the first priority in Michigan’s $64.8 million plan to spend Volkswagen settlement funds. (Energy News Network)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says the state will spend $14 million of Volkswagen settlement money to help local transit authorities switch aging public bus fleets to electric vehicles. (Virginian-Pilot)
• Boulder, Colorado rolls out its first electric bus, which was converted from diesel to electric by a local company. (Boulder Daily Camera)

• An Indiana utility formally submits a plan to retire its coal fleet by 2028 and replace it with renewables and storage. (Kokomo Perspective)
• A major coal company in Wyoming is making money again but remains uncertain about future production in the state. (Casper Star Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: An oil and gas company has applied for permit to drill near a former nuclear weapons plant near Denver. (Denver Post)

PIPELINES: With memories of the Standing Rock protests still fresh, tribal opposition in Montana builds toward plans to build a 1,000-mile pipeline from Canada to Nebraska. (Wyoming Public Media)

WIND: Seven states will soon build enough turbines to double their wind energy capacity, according to an industry report. (Windpower Engineering & Development)

NUCLEAR: A Virginia county is at a crossroads as owners of the nation’s largest untapped uranium deposit challenge Virginia’s decades-long ban on mining it at the U.S. Supreme Court. (Energy News Network)

POWER PLANTS: State siting officials rule in favor of motions that could make it harder for developers to move forward with a proposed gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island. (Uprise RI, Providence Journal)

DIVESTMENT: Vermont’s Middlebury College will vote tomorrow on whether to divest investments in the fossil fuel industry from its more than $1.1 billion endowment. (Energy News Network)

• As Portland, Oregon residents consider taxing large retailers to pay for clean energy, California’s community choice programs are accomplishing similar goals but for free. (Willamette Week)
The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, announces a goal to power the city with 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050. (SNJ Today)

UTILITIES: Voters in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb will decide Tuesday whether to let city officials try to negotiate for cheaper and cleaner electricity on their behalf, known as aggregation. (Energy News Network)

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CARBON PRICING: An analysis breaks down competing estimates for how much a proposed carbon fee in Washington would cost residents. (The Spokesman-Review)

COMMENTARY: David Roberts says that while Republican narratives on climate are acknowledging obvious impacts, the motivation to preserve the status quo remains the same. (Vox)

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