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Satellite images reveal mountaintop strip mining’s growing impact

COAL: Mountaintop strip mining in Appalachia is consuming up to three times more land per ton of coal than it was three decades ago, according to a new study that used satellite images to measure scarring. (InsideClimate News)

• Nuclear power doesn’t have a bright future in the U.S. unless there are major policy changes, a new report says. (WABE)
• A South Carolina attorney blasts SCE&G for insisting on secrecy in turning over internal records for a failed nuclear project. (Charlotte Observer)

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• The rollback of Indiana’s energy efficiency mandate in 2014 has had serious costs for ratepayers and utilities, a new report finds. (Energy News Network)
• A North Carolina organization works to lower energy costs for low-income families in Charlotte and surrounding areas. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: Policy changes in California and Hawaii drive residential storage deployment to an all-time record. (Utility Dive)

How behind-the-meter solar is helping New England lower peak demand during summer heatwaves. (PV Magazine)
• A report highlights community solar’s potential to expand access for those who can’t afford residential rooftop solar installations. (Greentech Media)

• Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announces an international consultant to make the state a leader in offshore wind energy. (Daily Press)
• Ohio utility AEP appears to be “growing impatient” over regulatory delays with a major wind project in Oklahoma and Texas. (Columbus Business First)

• A federal appeals court sides with Mountain Valley Pipeline developers and tosses landowners’ eminent domain lawsuit. (Associated Press)
• Oil and gas companies urge federal energy regulators to expedite approval of a natural gas pipeline in Oklahoma. (Reuters)
• As construction nears completion on Louisiana’s Bayou Bridge Pipeline, activists stage tree sit-in protests. (ThinkProgress)

• Columbus, Ohio’s city council will vote next week on whether to put a ballot measure to voters that would ban fracking activities within city limits. (WCBE)
• Texas oil and gas companies say they’re working to reduce light pollution from drilling and production. (Everything Lubbock)

TRANSPORTATION: Why President Trump is fighting California’s smog-fighting vehicle emission regulations. (Bloomberg)

MICROGRIDS: A 1.1 MW microgrid sustains a Brooklyn apartment building with minimal need for power from the grid. (Fast Company)

HYDRO: FERC extends a construction license for a hydroelectric dam project in Upstate New York for up to eight years. (The Daily Star)

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POLITICS: A group of oil, gas, and utility companies praises a Republican Congressman’s proposal to create a federal carbon tax. (The Hill)

• Electric vehicles are the “platform for the next phase of human mobility,” a Michigan advanced energy group says. (Michigan Municipal League)
• Expanding California’s grid to include other Western states will create jobs and reduce costs for electricity, says a vice president of a Silicon Valley business group. (Mercury News)

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