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Solar projects on farmland spur tensions in rural areas

SOLAR: Solar projects on farmland are boosting income for farmers but also facing pushback from neighbors who worry about property values. (Axios)

RENEWABLES:
Average costs for wind and solar can undercut existing coal without subsidies, according to a research firm’s analysis. (Utility Dive)
Advocates say a northern Michigan utility’s 100 percent renewable energy goal will bring local economic benefits. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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BIOGAS: North Carolina poultry farmers face less pressure and have fewer incentives than hog farmers to convert animal waste into renewable natural gas. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
A shuttered Massachusetts coal plant will become a manufacturing hub and support center for the offshore wind industry. (North American Windpower)
A Danish wind turbine blade company will expand its New Orleans office into an engineering tech center. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Across the country, cities are spending millions of dollars to help school districts buy new electric buses. (New York Times)

TRANSPORTATION: California voters bucked a national trend when they decided to keep the state’s gas tax. (Grist)

OIL & GAS:
• Despite claiming to take action on climate change, a new study finds the world’s largest oil companies have only spent 1 percent of their budgets on advancing clean energy. (Business Insider)
• The Permian Basin is driving a surge of drilling in New Mexico, where the BLM is failing to respond to problems on federal land it manages. (Center for Public Integrity)
• Thousands of West Virginians say natural gas producers have cut the size of royalty checks promised to them. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A new study strengthens the links between earthquakes and drilling for wastewater disposal by oil and gas companies. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: A court ruling last week raises questions over the next steps and market implications for the Keystone XL pipeline. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL ASH: Workers poisoned from cleaning up TVA’s Kingston coal ash disaster are still searching for justice a decade later. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

EFFICIENCY: All-electric homes are catching on in Sacramento where developers can receive lucrative utility incentives. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
Duke and Dominion Energy issue more than $1.3 billion in green bonds and say they plan to finance clean energy projects. (Utility Dive)
• A new report offers 10 market reform options for regulated utilities as their traditional business model is challenged. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE:
The midterm elections may spur climate policy in six states, including New York and Maine. (Grist, Utility Dive)
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida seeks damages from oil and gas companies for billions of dollars it’s spent on climate change adaptation. (Florida Record)

FIRES:
Two California utilities are facing increased scrutiny over their possible roles in the deadly wildfires sweeping the state. (Greentech Media)
The day before a deadly wildlife erupted in northern California, the state’s largest utility responded to reports of sparks coming from one of its power lines near the area where investigators now believe the fire started. (Associated Press)

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POLITICS: West Virginia state senator Richard Ojeda, whose platform for a failed Congressional bid focused on coal miner advocacy, announces he will run for president in 2020. (The Intercept)

COMMENTARY:
While researchers say coal communities are still strong politically, “their future remains more uncertain than ever.” (The Conversation)

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