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Pipeline politics put Southeast governors under spotlight

PIPELINES: Facing criticism for approving the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration questions the need for a Mountain Valley Pipeline extension in the state. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam replaces two air pollution board members and a water board member after they questioned permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia Mercury)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
The oil and gas industry renews its push for offshore drilling soon after Florida voters pass an amendment to ban it. (Orlando Weekly)
• California must decide whether to remove aging offshore oil rigs and imperil fish, mammal and plant species that live among them. (Quartz)

OIL & GAS: More than a dozen major oil and gas companies pledge to donate $100 million to ease housing, labor, education and health care problems aggravated by the shale boom in Texas and New Mexico. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
State solar policies across the coal-heavy Ohio Valley “look like a patchwork quilt” that makes development challenging. (Ohio Valley ReSource)
• Boston’s transit authority is adding solar canopies to train stations, but is facing complications with local utilities on interconnection. (Patriot Ledger)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Solar and wind have gone mainstream, but along with opportunity the renewable industry also faces lots of risk and uncertainty. (Greentech Media)
• An analysis says Ohio risks missing out on roughly $25 billion in investments if it doesn’t take steps to expand clean energy. (Energy News Network)

CALIFORNIA:
California could struggle to meet its clean energy goals if the state’s largest utility goes bankrupt because of wildfire liabilities. (Bloomberg)
California’s largest utility reported a second power outage on the day a deadly wildfire erupted, according to a report filed with regulators. (Reuters)

COAL:
• Arkansas’ largest electricity utility Entergy says it will stop using coal at two power plants by 2028 and shut down a natural gas plant by 2027 after reaching a settlement with two environmental groups. (Associated Press)
• The Justice Department says a federal court should not overturn the conviction of former coal baron Don Blankenship. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

TRANSMISSION: An opposition campaign similar to the one that sunk the Northern Pass project in New Hampshire is building against a proposed transmission line in Maine. (Portland Press Herald)

UTILITIES: New York regulators last week approved a county’s community choice aggregation program while sending utilities back to the drawing board on electric vehicle tariffs. (RTO Insider)

CYBERSECURITY: Nearly half of U.S. utility CEOs believe a cyberattack on their company is inevitable, according to a new report. (Utility Dive)

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CLIMATE: Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) pushes a “Green New Deal” that calls for a shift to 100 percent renewable energy and investments in smart grid, energy efficiency — and maybe a carbon tax. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• The Union of Concerned Scientists corrects misconceptions about its recent report on nuclear plants.
• The lack of a winning business model for energy storage in Texas makes it difficult for the technology to take off, a reporter says. (Greentech Media)
• Analysts say failed attempts to capture carbon at an Indiana coal plant are among other cases that suggest the technology eludes the coal industry. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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