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Pipeline project faces criminal investigation

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers disclose to investors that they are under federal criminal investigation for possible violations of the Clean Water Act and other federal laws. (Roanoke Times)

On top of legal challenges and environmental criticism, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline now faces growing wariness from investors as Moody’s downgrades the project’s rating. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
• A federal judge keeps most preliminary construction work on hold for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

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• Dynamic pricing could help Illinois prepare for increased electric vehicle charging while benefiting all utility customers. (Energy News Network)
• As electric cars grow in popularity, the role for combustion vehicles during the transition is far from clear, industry analysts say. (NPR)
• Amazon will lead a $700 million investment in Michigan-based electric pickup truck startup Rivian. (Reuters)

• North Carolina wind energy leaders say the state’s best potential for economic development is offshore wind, even though a moratorium on onshore projects just expired. (Energy News Network)
• Nearly three-quarters of the new generation coming online in grid operator MISO’s region is expected to come from wind. (Platts)
• Four bidders propose up to 1,200 MW of offshore wind in New York. (Newsday)

• Atlanta is seeing a surge in solar energy as Georgia Power ramps up its investment in renewables. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Environmental groups fight a Georgetown University solar project that would raze 210 acres of trees in Maryland. (Washington Post)
• An Indiana bill to restore solar net metering is not expected to get a hearing. (Indianapolis Star)

• California regulators approve a legislative plan to spend $200 million over four years on low-carbon heating technologies, part of new statewide effort aimed at decarbonizing buildings. (Greentech Media)
• California contractors are encouraging homeowners to use loans meant for energy efficiency improvements for questionable projects. (Los Angeles Times)

NUCLEAR: Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to take up the debate over whether nuclear energy should count as “clean” power. (Energy News Network)

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OIL & GAS: Violent crime jumped 23 percent in North Dakota and Montana counties where oil development took off from 2006 to 2012, a new study says. (Forum News Service)

ETHANOL: Support for ethanol was once considered a prerequisite for winning the Iowa caucuses. Then Ted Cruz opposed it and won. (The Guardian)

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