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Next-generation wind turbines could ‘crush all competitors’

WIND: New wind turbines under development could reach as high as 853 feet, making wind energy cheaper and more reliable by taking advantage of steadier winds at higher altitude. (Vox)

ALSO: Hawaii’s largest wind farm comes up with a plan to mitigate bat deaths which includes spending $10 million to preserve habitat and reducing operations at night on some days. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription)

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SOLAR:
• Walmart announces plans to install 23 MW of solar capacity at two distribution centers and 19 stores in Illinois. (CNBC)
• A 58 MW solar project in Utah will supply power for a Facebook data center in Oregon under the terms of a new power purchase agreement. (Solar Power World)
• Solar jobs are declining in Massachusetts, with installers seeing a 55 percent decrease in job demand, according to a new analysis. (Boston Herald)
Developers begin construction on a 5 MW community solar garden in eastern New York, which is expected to be the largest in the state. (news release)

RENEWABLES: For a rural Colorado co-op, shifting away from coal and toward renewable energy just makes economic sense. (High Country News)

NATURAL GAS: Utility workers are rushing to replace 45 miles of gas pipelines before winter in three Boston suburbs where a series of home explosions killed a teenager last month. (Washington Post, Greentech Media)

PIPELINES: Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe are suing over the five-month shutdown of a North Dakota highway during pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH:
• Six environmental groups file a lawsuit against the U.S. EPA over a rule that gives states more authority over coal ash management. (Utility Dive)
• A North Carolina community learns that 40,000 tons of coal ash sitting just below the surface near a school was recently exposed by rains. (WSOC-TV)
• In a trial against a contractor hired to clean up the 2008 TVA Kingston coal ash spill, a scientist says he was told toxic coal ash was safe enough to eat and that respiratory protection wasn’t needed. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

CLIMATE:
• A record number of scientists are running for public office in the U.S., which could elevate political discussions of climate change. (InsideClimate News)
• Why the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week to intervene in a climate lawsuit is unusual. (Vox)
• To help fund its climate change efforts, Boulder, Colorado is considering creating new car fees scaled to fuel efficiency. (Boulder Daily Camera)

POWER PLANTS: Exelon’s CEO renews his call for a price on carbon emissions as a preferable alternative to subsidies for struggling coal and nuclear plants. (Utility Dive)

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OVERSIGHT:
A review of social media accounts of top Trump environmental and energy officials finds that many have endorsed conspiracy theories, misinformation and racist jokes. (E&E News)
Emails show ongoing ties between the EPA’s air quality chief and his former lobbying firm, which works on behalf of multiple fossil fuel interests. (Huffington Post)
New Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh’s judicial record shows a pattern of favoring industry and support a narrow interpretation of environmental laws. (PRI)

COMMENTARY: Climate advocates say an international fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty may be needed to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. (The Guardian)

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