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Northeast carbon market may be adding another state

EMISSIONS: Virginia regulators vote to enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, but Republican legislators are trying to block the move. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

TRANSMISSION: Wyoming regulators grant the final approval for a 750-mile transmission line, clearing the way for a long-sought connection to bring the state’s wind energy to markets in the Southwest. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Analysts explain how wind and solar have become the cheapest new energy source in most of the U.S. (CBS News)

COAL:
• Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York plans to visit Kentucky to talk with coal miners about the nation’s energy transition. (CNN)
• The clock is ticking for at least 2,000 miners who are dying from an epidemic of severe black lung linked to toxic coal dust. (West Virginia Public Radio)
• A federal judge in Montana has ruled the Trump administration failed to consider how resuming coal sales from land owned by the U.S. government might harm the environment. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Two Tennessee environmental groups ask the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether the Clean Water Act applies to coal ash pollution. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: About one-quarter of all Western land offered for oil and gas leases under the Trump administration has been in state-designated priority habitat and wildlife migration corridors, according to a new study. (Casper Star-Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• The Mariner East 1 pipeline in eastern Pennsylvania will restart after a three-month shutdown caused by a sinkhole. (PennLive)
A Pennsylvania lawmaker who is a proponent of the natural gas industry calls the developer of the Mariner East 2 pipeline irresponsible, saying their actions cause other developers to be “tarred with the same brush.” (WESA)

ENERGY STORAGE: Solar plus storage is gathering momentum in Vermont utility pilot programs. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Minnesota utility’s $25 million electric vehicle pilot program includes funding for “community mobility hubs” and building out EV infrastructure for government fleets. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: Grid congestion in northern Vermont is slowing the interconnection process and approvals for eight proposed solar farms. (VT Digger)

WIND: Citing planning delays, a developer cancels plans for a large wind project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (Energy News Network)

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CLIMATE: A new poll finds a majority of parents, including two-thirds of Republicans, think climate change should be taught in schools. (NPR)

ADVOCACY: The daughter of Earth Day’s founder asks “Why do certain leaders, largely in the Republican Party, deny something now that they didn’t deny 10 years ago?(NBC News)

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