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New Jersey ready to dive back into carbon market

EMISSIONS: New Jersey environmental regulators propose two rules to limit carbon emissions in order for the state to re-enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Press of Atlantic City, news release)

ALSO:
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledges to launch a Green New Deal for 100 percent carbon-neutral electricity by 2040, but climate activists say it’s “a vague pledge” that falls short on specifics and ambition. (Crain’s New York Business, Common Dreams)
A petition filed last month in Pennsylvania could lead the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Energy News Network)
Oregon isn’t meeting its greenhouse gas reduction goals as vehicle emissions continue to rise, according to a new state report. (The Oregonian)

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COAL:
• Government regulators have known for years that exposing miners to toxic coal mine dust would lead to black lung disease, but they failed to take action, an investigation shows. (NPR, Frontline)
• An Appalachian organization is working to plant lavender on former coal mine sites and offer a training program for local farmers. (Bloomberg)
Coal company Murray Energy faces the Trump administration in court over a 2015 ground-level ozone standard. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
The next phase of a plan to tunnel Line 5 under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac involves permitting, studies and likely lawsuits. (Energy News Network)
• Tribal members plan to maintain a modest camp in northern Michigan to protest Line 5 until the pipeline is decommissioned. (Washington Post)
• Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement in northern Minnesota may loom large in Gov.-elect Tim Walz’s pick for the state’s Public Utilities Commission. (MinnPost)
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers file a lawsuit against a Virginia county after zoning officials deny a request for floodplain crossings. (Daily Progress)
• A Nelson County native leads the effort to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from being built. (Lynchburg News & Advance)

STORAGE:
Massachusetts policymakers are looking to energy storage to help areas handle grid saturation from distributed solar. (RTO Insider)
• U.S. House lawmakers introduce bills that would guarantee loans for batteries and push utilities to include storage in their planning. (E&E News, subscription)

GRID: Officials release a draft grid modernization report in Illinois that doesn’t make specific recommendations or discuss costs and benefits. (E&E News, subscription)

EFFICIENCY: A commercial building efficiency program in Connecticut is turning its focus to smaller buildings, hoping to build on its progress with larger properties. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A state report recommends that all new cars, light trucks and buses sold in Massachusetts be electric by 2040. (WBUR)

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POLITICS:
The coal industry helped elect incoming Republican Sen. Mike Braun from Indiana over the Democratic incumbent. (E&E News, subscription)
• A poll finds a majority of registered voters in both parties support the Green New Deal proposal being pushed by progressive Democrats. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• Automated mining machines are replacing human miners, so West Virginia needs to look for new economic opportunities, an editorial board says. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Massachusetts’ leadership helped lay groundwork for New England’s offshore wind industry, says a fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
A clean energy investor says “utilities no longer can afford to ignore the renewable energy industry.” (The Hill)

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