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Renewables expected to outpace gas in 2019

POWER PLANTS: U.S. renewable energy additions are expected to far outpace natural gas in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. (Utility Dive)

The limitations of America’s reliance on switching from coal to natural gas to lower emissions came into focus in 2018. (E&E News)
• Solar-and-storage pairings are becoming competitive with natural gas peaker plants, prompting nervousness in the gas industry. (Quartz)

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AVIATION: As gasoline consumption from car travel decreases, airline fuel use is growing and represents a huge problem for the climate. (Vox)

• Corporate investors from outside the auto industry are placing increasing bets on electric vehicles, vying to fund startup companies in the space. (Reuters)
• A report recommends mileage-based road fees for electric vehicle owners to supplement existing gasoline fuel taxes for road funding. (Greentech Media)  
• Recharging electric scooters can involve long drives in gas-guzzling vehicles, undercutting the technology’s climate benefits. (E&E News)

EFFICIENCY: A rebound in regional carbon prices has helped boost energy efficiency spending in Maine. (Energy News Network)

• The government shutdown is slowing the Trump administration’s plans to open up offshore drilling. (ThinkProgress)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issues an executive order against offshore drilling and fracking, though environmentalists remain skeptical. (ThinkProgress)
• Opposition to offshore drilling is growing among South Carolina Republicans. (E&E News, subscription)

• Colorado’s Supreme Court is expected to rule today whether state regulators have to consider human health and environmental impacts before issuing drilling permits. (Denver Post)
• Houston’s oil and gas industry is in a “kind of purgatory,” investment experts say, moving cautiously because of low oil prices. (Houston Chronicle)
• An analysis reveals our aquifers hold much less water than we thought, and the oil and gas industry could put it at even greater risk. (The Revelator)

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration approves permits for a compressor station, which some lawmakers call “reckless and irresponsible.” (Boston Globe)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers say erosion in Virginia was caused by “extraordinary” rainfall and uncontrollable forces of nature. (Roanoke Times)
• A federal appeals court declines to soften a ruling that prompted Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers to stop construction. (E&E News, subscription)

A Colorado wholesale power provider plans to develop a 100 MW solar plant, which will double the amount of solar energy it currently produces. (Denver Post)
A trend of planting wildflowers on solar sites could maintain habitat for disappearing bees and butterflies. (Scientific American)

WIND: The partial government shutdown is slowing progress on offshore wind projects, including an 800 MW project off of Massachusetts. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR: A Senate subcommittee is scheduled to review the progress being made to advance next generation nuclear technology. (E&E News)

UTILITIES: Facing a growing wildfire-fueled financial crisis, PG&E will file for bankruptcy in California by the end of January, according to a company filing with the Securities Exchange Commission. (Bloomberg)

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CONGRESS: Senators are expected to probe attorney general nominee Bill Barr’s past work related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and other energy ties. (E&E News)

Andrew Wheeler has demonstrated over and over again why he should not be entrusted to run the U.S. EPA, writes a co-founder of Moms Clean Air Force. (New York Times)
An MIT scientist challenges Hydro-Quebec’s claims on carbon emissions. (CentralMaine.com)

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