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Shutdown could delay offshore drilling plan

SHUTDOWN: The partial government shutdown risks delaying offshore drilling plans and ethanol blending changes, according to industry groups. (Reuters)

ALSO: Despite the shutdown, the Trump administration is making sure federal land managers in Alaska continue to work on efforts to open a local national wildlife refuge to drilling. (Alaska Energy Desk)

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• A Virginia task force is expected to propose new regulations to limit methane leaks from landfills and natural gas infrastructure. (Energy News Network)
Minnesota is falling short of its emission-reduction goals due to increasing transportation emissions. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• The legal justification for the EPA’s plan to scrap Obama-era mercury standards traces back to a dissent written five years ago by Brett Kavanaugh. (E&E News)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority has awarded $200 million in contracts to Jacobs Engineering, the contracting company accused of poisoning hundreds of coal ash cleanup workers. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

CLEAN ENERGY: The chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission says the state is in the midst of a “fundamental transition” toward clean energy as coal plants close. (Energy News Network)

Clean energy developers have submitted “jaw dropping” low prices for six solar-plus-storage projects in Hawaii recently submitted to regulators for approval by the state’s largest electric utility. (Greentech Media)
• A Florida lawmaker files a bill to legalize power purchase agreements across the state, allowing property owners to sell solar energy. (Miami New Times)

A Houston wind technician training program saw a 60 percent enrollment increase in 2018. (Denton Record-Chronicle)
Five developers tell New York officials they will submit bids in the state’s solicitation for 800 MW of offshore wind capacity. (Renewables Now)

• A Virginia state representative urges lawmakers to invest in renewable energy instead of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (NBC 29)
An activist asks a judge to be dismissed from a federal racketeering lawsuit involving her participation in Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

• Only 15 percent of oil and gas industry workers are female, so one woman launched an initiative to recruit more women. (CNBC)
• Jobs in the Texas oil fields drop for the first time in nearly two years. (Bloomberg)

Customers have until the end of March to receive a full tax credit for buying electric General Motors models after the automaker passed 200,000 vehicle sales last year. (Detroit Free Press)
• In response to pickup truck drivers deliberately blocking Tesla chargers, a Model X owner shares a video of the car towing a large pickup truck. (Inc.)

GRID: Public comment on Illinois’ NextGrid plan, which outlines priorities for modernizing the state’s electric grid, is open until Thursday. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: California’s largest utility is considering filing for bankruptcy protection to guard against its growing wildfire liability. (Reuters)

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POLITICS: Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke is the latest potential presidential candidate to support a Green New Deal. (Huffington Post)

“Innovation” is the latest smokescreen for Republicans who oppose taking action against climate change, writes David Roberts. (Vox)
The New Jersey Sierra Club’s director explains why 57 community groups are calling for a moratorium on new fossil-fuel projects in the state. (Star-Ledger)

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