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Power plants face increasing weather risks from climate change

POWER PLANTS:
Power plants will be increasingly vulnerable to extreme heat, water shortages, flooding, and hurricanes, according to a new Moody’s report. (Utility Dive)
An effort to repeal Ohio’s bailout for nuclear and coal plants is dead after organizers drop their court appeals. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

OVERSIGHT: North Carolina’s Democratic governor has reshaped the state’s utility commission in advance of several key decisions. (Energy News Network)

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TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration’s rollback of federal mileage standards could end up costing consumers more and do little to make roads safer, according to sources familiar with a federal review. (Washington Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Hybrids largely beat out all-electric vehicles on emissions, according to a new analysis by an energy efficiency group. (E&E News, subscription)
• Amazon joins a new industry group set up to help companies electrify their vehicle fleets and support electrification policies. (Seattle Times)

FERC:
• FERC’s minimum-price ruling could force renewables out of PJM’s capacity markets while driving up electricity prices, critics say. (Energy News Network)
• PJM says the ruling “may have paradoxically unintended consequences over time and may result in less economic efficiency.” (Utility Dive)
• The Hershey Co. says uncertainty caused by the rule has stalled its efforts to acquire renewable energy credits for its operations. (E&E News, subscription required)

COAL:
A bill meant to stall coal plant retirements and the shift to gas and renewables in Indiana moves out of committee to the House floor. (Indianapolis Star)
Five states raise questions about the Trump administration attempts to roll back rules for stricter standards for disposing coal ash. (The Hill)
Coal company Blackjewel has accrued nearly 300 environmental violations in Kentucky since it filed for bankruptcy in July. (Ohio Valley Resource)

RENEWABLES:
• How four major utilities are responding to climate change and cheap renewables, which have upended business as usual. (Greentech Media)
• The head of New York’s power grid says meeting the state’s ambitious renewable goals requires a price on carbon. (E&E News, subscription required)
The Spokane Nation in Washington state is set to become a “model for nation-building in the energy sector” through its 100% tribally owned Sovereign Power energy company. (Nonprofit Quarterly)

SOLAR: The American Grazing Association wants to connect local sheep farmers with solar projects to improve land use. (PV Magazine)

OIL & GAS:
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he is willing to do “anything” to help the state’s struggling oil and natural gas industry. (WVPB)
Climate change and the transition to cleaner energy are threatening traditional oil and gas exploration, according to a new report. (Houston Chronicle)
California regulators predict gas-powered technology in the state will increasingly become obsolete over the next quarter-century. (San Francisco Chronicle)  

PIPELINES:
• A South Dakota board approves five water permits for the Keystone XL pipeline after contentious hearings over the past four months. (Associated Press)
• The Trump administration approves a right-of-way for the Keystone XL pipeline to cross federal land in Montana, a key approval for the project to move forward. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Spending on energy efficiency is on the rise across all types of electric utilities in the United States, according to a new study. (Utility Dive)

GEOTHERMAL: Three local energy providers in California have signed contracts this month for electricity from new geothermal power plants which could play a critical role in the state’s transition to cleaner energy sources. (Los Angeles Times)

FRACKING: A small Utah town confronted the fracking industry over a frac sand mine that threatened the region’s aquifer and won. (Revelator)

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CLIMATE: Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren warns U.S. banks to be ready to detail how they are preparing for climate-related risks. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
A court’s decision to revoke a permit for a pipeline compressor station in Union Hill, Virginia, shows that environmental justice isn’t a box to be checked, a Southern Environmental Law Center director writes. (New York Times)
A think tank leader says Microsoft continues to set a high bar of what direct action on climate and carbon reduction can look like. (Quartz)

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