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POWER PLANTS: State siting officials rule in favor of motions that could make it harder for developers to move forward with a proposed gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island. (Uprise RI, Providence Journal)
NATURAL GAS: A series of natural gas explosions outside Boston shines light on a safety crisis that goes beyond Massachusetts. (USA Today)
DIVESTMENT: Vermont’s Middlebury College will vote tomorrow on whether to divest investments in the fossil fuel industry from its more than $1.1 billion endowment. (Energy News Network)
POLICY: Officials from New York, New Jersey and a dozen other states file joint comments urging the EPA to abandon a proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan with weaker emissions standards. (news release, Reuters)
POLITICS: Some environmental activists say New York’s gubernatorial candidates haven’t sufficiently addressed climate change and clean energy policies in their campaigns. (Gotham Magazine)
BIOFUEL: Republican Sen. Pat Toomey tells several Pennsylvania oil refinery executives and union leaders that he was unable to change President Trump’s mind on a decision to allow year-round sales of higher ethanol blend. (WESA)
RENEWABLES: The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, announces a goal to power the city with 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050. (SNJ Today)
SOLAR: Rhode Island environmental regulators award $2.6 million to help clean up 12 brownfield sites in the state, one of which will be home to a 3,200 kW solar farm. (GoLocalProv)
• U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sends a letter criticizing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for not doing enough to force Massachusetts’ Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to meet acceptable standards. (Cape Cod Times)
• Vermont’s shuttered Yankee nuclear plant cuts its workers from 54 to two dozen. (VT Digger)
UTILITIES: A Vermont gas utility will raise customers’ rates by an average of $1.75 per month after reaching a settlement with state regulators. (Seven Days)
• Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez would take the lead on renewable energy and climate change, while Gov. Charlie Baker would continue to protect fossil fuel interests, say the co-founder of a solar nonprofit and a former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• New Jersey should continue providing energy tax receipts to Lacey Township while its Oyster Creek nuclear plant is being decommissioned, says an editorial in Press of Atlantic City.