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Oil companies increase flaring, despite pledges to cut back

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas companies claim progress in curbing gas flaring, but data shows significant increases in flaring and venting of natural gas and greenhouse gases. (New York Times)

ALSO: A New York utility ordered to lift a moratorium on new gas hookups now has a backup plan to deliver compressed natural gas by truck. (Bloomberg)

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CALIFORNIA: Southern California Edison warns it may shut off electricity to more than 32,400 homes and businesses today and tomorrow. (Los Angeles Times)

FINANCE: A federal green bank proposed in Congress is based in part on successful state projects in New York and Connecticut. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIFICATION: An all-electric housing project in Colorado offers a prototype for low-carbon housing as the state looks to reduce emissions from the residential and commercial buildings sectors. (Energy News Network)

PUBLIC LANDS: A federal judge halts the Trump administration’s sage grouse plan, saying the administration’s amendments appear to be “contrary to the science” contained in reports from experts. (Bloomberg)

• U.S. Rep. Fred Upton introduces legislation to continue funding for the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration as a partisan dispute has stalled the agency’s reauthorization. (E&E News, subscription, Bloomberg)
• Federal regulators order all construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline to stop except for stabilization and restoration work. (Virginia Mercury)

• “No more Iowa Nice,” a farmer says as biofuel and agriculture advocates urge the U.S. EPA to follow a deal on blending requirements. (Radio Iowa)
• The U.S. EPA announcement on the updated policy proposal was changed to remove positive quotes from Iowa’s two senators that had been used in a prior release. (The Hill)

• Utilities are stepping in to help cities prepare to electrify transportation and move projects more quickly. (Utility Dive)
• Ford plans a “Mustang-inspired” electric SUV that will have access to 12,000 charging stations where owners will get free charging for two years. (CNET)
• Electric vehicle startup Rivian gives residents a first look at the trucks it will manufacture at a refurbished auto plant in downstate Illinois. (Chicago Tribune)
• A Madison, Wisconsin, taxi company is poised to become the nation’s first with an all-electric fleet. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• A solar industry group solicited campaign contributions for a North Carolina Republican legislator after he took action on a bill the group opposed. (WBTV)
• Illinois solar companies report strong growth in the wake of an ambitious energy bill becoming law, but the state is far from being on track to meet a 25% renewable portfolio standard by 2025. (Climate Central)
• South Carolina utility regulators hear arguments over how it should interpret a new law designed to boost solar competition. (E&E News, subscription)

• Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy predicts that the Trump administration’s attempt to repeal federal mercury rules will ultimately fail in the courts. (E&E News, subscription)
Lessons from Germany’s former coal mining region could help Appalachia restore the environment and transition to a new economy. (Southerly, Scalawag, EHN)
• Coal executive Robert Murray and his company’s employees contributed more than $360,000 to help reelect President Trump and other Republicans during the last reporting period. (E&E News, subscription)
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other senators join miners in demanding Congress take action to protect miners’ pension and healthcare. (WDTV)
A western Missouri coal plant that closed last year is part of a larger debate about whether utility customers should pay for operating costs as if the plant was still running. (E&E News, subscription)

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Latino activists say they want a greater voice in Colorado’s climate change discussion. (Westword)
• Students and activists push for Houston to become the “energy capital of the world” by using renewables, not oil and gas. (Texas Standard)

An advertisement by the American Petroleum Institute uses misinformation to sell natural gas as a climate solution, a fact-checker finds. (DeSmog)
A clean energy attorney says state attorneys general are preparing for a fight with federal regulators who are expected to undercut policies that promote clean energy at the state level. (The Hill)
In the first part of a series, David Roberts says California’s deliberate power outages last week were outrageous and harmful and analyzes the roots and adverse implications of the state’s energy crisis. (Vox)

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