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Renewable energy developer unfazed by loss of tax credits

RENEWABLES: The nation’s largest wind and solar developer expects renewables will remain highly competitive despite fading federal tax credits. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: Tensions escalate in Virginia between Dominion Energy, rival electricity suppliers and big corporations demanding renewable power. (Greentech Media)

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WIND:
Wind surpassed coal as an energy source in Texas during the first half of 2019 — a first since regulators began collecting data. (USA Today)
• A Pennsylvania man who was raised in coal country and saw environmental degradation is now managing two wind farms. (Yale Climate Connections)

SOLAR:
• More than 250 U.S. mayors sign a letter vowing to make solar power “a key element of our communities’ energy plans.” (news release)
• Massachusetts solar installers worry a requirement that customers pay for a new utility meter in order to claim a new state incentive will hurt the program. (Greentech Media)
• Solar companies expect South Carolina’s industry to grow after the passage of a law that removes caps on net metering. (WIS)

EFFICIENCY: Raid or reinvest? Connecticut and Vermont take different paths on energy efficiency funding as advocates work to educate state lawmakers on the benefits. (Energy News Network)

HYDROPOWER: New York City officials consult with indigenous people in Quebec on the potential effects of a hydropower deal it is seeking with the provincial utility. (Montreal Gazette)

NUCLEAR:
• FirstEnergy spent nearly $50 million on lobbying and public relations to influence debates over nuclear bailouts in Ohio and Pennsylvania, a utility watchdog group finds. (Toledo Blade)
• The Idaho National Laboratory is no longer threatened by a wildfire as winds push the blaze away from the complex. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Coal baron Bob Murray welcomes President Trump at a fundraiser in the Ohio River Valley, calling him “the greatest friend, the biggest champion of the coal industry.” (Steubenville Herald Star)
• Colorado is taking a lead in ensuring an equitable transition for communities transitioning away from coal. (In These Times)

OIL & GAS:
• California’s governor calls for more oversight and plans to revamp the state’s top oil regulatory agency after touring a Chevron oil spill in Bakersfield. (Los Angeles Times)
• A Bay Area real estate developer says Berkeley’s natural gas ban will significantly increase the cost of living for apartment dwellers. (Fox Business)
• Drilling of the longest horizontal oil and gas well in the history of the Permian Basin is complete. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Four major automakers strike a deal with California to recognize the state’s ability to set its own emissions standards, rebuffing a Trump administration plan to assert federal authority. (Reuters)
• Tesla posts a $408 million net loss in the second quarter despite delivering a record number of cars. (MarketWatch)

BIOMASS: A tall grass called giant miscanthus could help reclaim abandoned mine lands in Appalachia and be used for biomass. (Ohio Valley Resource)

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CLIMATE:
• U.S. cities are ramping up clean energy efforts but few appear to be on track to meet community-wide climate goals, a new report concludes. (news release)
• The Massachusetts House unanimously passes a $1.3 billion plan to fund grants to municipalities to fund climate change programs. (MassLive.com)
• Olympia, Washington sets a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. (Olympian)

COMMENTARY:
• A columnist calls Ohio’s nuclear and coal bailout bill the inverse of a renewable portfolio standard because it provides subsidies to extend the life of old technologies rather than encourage new ones. (Bloomberg)
• The Energy Freedom Act will allow South Carolina to have more renewable and resilient energy systems, write two environmental and clean energy advocates. (Energy News Network)

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