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SOLAR: A U.S. solar industry report warns that President Trump’s tariffs will cost the country 62,000 jobs and $19 billion in investment. (Reuters) 

CLIMATE:
• Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels hit a record high in 2019 even as coal emissions declined slightly, according to researchers. (New York Times)
• Exxon wants to move the Massachusetts lawsuit against it to federal court, saying it is not a consumer protection case. (E&E News, subscription required) 

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PIPELINES:
• A reporter travels the 600-mile route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which has united a diverse community of activists determined to halt its progress. (Grist, bioGraphic)
The Mariner East pipeline’s security manager in Pennsylvania is charged with bribery and conspiracy for allegedly making hidden payments to state police to illegally provide security along the pipeline route. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Without incentive programs to shift electric vehicle charging away from peak times, a Minnesota electric cooperative fears infrastructure challenges. (Energy News Network) 

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Tougher requirements for food waste recycling in Connecticut are not translating into increased production for the state’s lone waste-to-energy plant. (Energy News Network)

BIOMASS: Alabama environmental regulators approve plans for Enviva to build a $175 million wood pellet plant that could eventually produce more than 1 million tons per year for use in power plants in Europe and Asia. (AL.com)

COAL:
• Newly confirmed Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette says he has a directive from President Trump to “look for different ways to utilize coal.” (The Hill)
Wyoming’s top utility regulator says regulators should “ask tough questions about carbon capture” before closing coal-fired plants. (Utility Dive)
• Environmental groups sue the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, alleging its coal plant is releasing too much air pollution. (News & Observer)

OIL & GAS:
• A leading natural gas trade association says it supports the concept of carbon taxes if paired with the elimination of existing regulations. (Houston Chronicle)
• The United States reached a new milestone in September, when it exported more crude oil and petroleum than it imported. (Washington Post)

TRANSPORTATION:
The Trump administration wants California’s lawsuit seeking to preserve its authority to set tougher auto emissions standards thrown out. (Bloomberg)
Los Angeles plans to reduce emissions 25% above existing commitments through electrification of its transportation sector by 2028. (Utility Dive)

TRANSMISSION:
• New digital technologies could boost transmission capacity and save billions, but developers don’t have incentives to deploy them, experts say. (Utility Dive)
Wisconsin ratepayers should expect to see refunds after a federal ruling that Midwest utilities excessively profited from transmission projects. (Wisconsin State Journal)

CALIFORNIA:
A state investigation finds a neglected PG&E transmission tower is to blame for the 2018 Camp Fire that killed 85 people. (Los Angeles Times)
The new report will likely make PG&E’s emergence from bankruptcy much more difficult. (New York Times)

GRID: Critics say the design of PJM’s capacity market encourages a power plant building spree that remains unabated and promotes too much new generation. (S&P Global)

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TECHNOLOGY: Offshore solar, salt reactors, and green hydrogen are among the technologies to watch in 2020, according to industry insiders. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:
• A U.S. Air Force veteran says Iowa’s wind energy industry is helping veterans transition to civilian life with “recession-proof careers.” (Sioux City Journal)
• A climate activist says while government actions are important to stem the crisis, individual actions are needed and are just as important. (VT Digger)
A columnist says climate resilience will come from prioritizing humans, citing California’s struggles with wildfires and bankrupt utility PG&E. (Quartz)

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