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Sources: California may strike a deal with feds on car emissions

REGULATION: Sources say California may strike a deal with the Trump administration to preserve higher car emissions standards. (New York Times)

EMISSIONS:
• Fifteen attorneys general and the city of Chicago sue the EPA for “ignoring its legal duty” to control methane emissions from oil and gas operations. (The Hill)
• A federal judge in Wyoming says oil and gas companies don’t have to comply with the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule. (Casper Star Tribune)

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SOLAR:
• Solar power accounted for more than a third of global electricity that came online last year, with the cost of large-scale projects dropping more than 70 percent since 2009, according to a new report. (New York Times)
• Los Angeles uses more solar energy than any other U.S. city, overtaking San Diego, according to a new report. (Smart Cities Dive)
For a third straight year, the Maine House upholds Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a solar energy bill. (Portland Press Herald)
A 20-megawatt solar farm in Maryland may become a casualty of FirstEnergy’s bankruptcy. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE: California regulators consider a petition to let customers store solar energy during the day and sell it to the grid at night. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
• The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management requests input on which parts of the U.S. Atlantic have the greatest chance for leasing by offshore wind developers. (Houston Chronicle)
• A retired coal plant in Massachusetts is expected to play a pivotal role in the offshore wind industry in the Northeast. (Forbes)

RENEWABLES:
• Google reached its 100 percent renewable energy target in 2017 and will purchase another 3 GW of clean energy. (Greentech Media)
• A company plans to build a renewable energy plant on a former mountaintop removal site in West Virginia, creating thousands of jobs for veterans and laid-off coal miners. (WOWK)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois policymakers plan for electric vehicles and how they can benefit the grid, utilities and ratepayers. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES: A pipeline leak in North Dakota spills 2,100 gallons of oil and produced water, some of it in a waterway. (Associated Press)

EPA:
• A third Republican lawmaker calls on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign over recent ethics scandals, but Trump says he still has confidence in Pruitt. (The Hill)
• At least five EPA officials were reassigned after questioning Scott Pruitt on spending and management issues. (New York Times)

NUCLEAR:
• ​The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves a license to build two reactors at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point site, which could cost as much as $21.8 billion. (Palm Beach Post)
• ​Jacksonville, Florida’s JEA utility no longer wants to buy nuclear power from Georgia’s Plant Vogtle and wants Georgia regulators to cancel the troubled project. (Savannah Now)
• It’s unclear whether clean energy supporters would back a compromise to keep FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants open in Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES: President Trump says his administration is considering FirstEnergy’s request to save coal and nuclear plants from closing. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

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CLIMATE: Documents show that Shell, like Exxon, understood its contribution to climate change decades ago. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• A Vox writer says it’s “nuts” that environmental groups aren’t taking a stronger stance to keep nuclear plants open for their emissions-free generation.
• Opponents of Duke University’s decision to build a controversial gas plant still are not being included in the review process two years since the plan was announced, says the president a student-led climate advocacy group. (Southeast Energy News)
• EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s questionable ethics date back to his time as attorney general of Oklahoma. (Mother Jones)
• A University of Michigan researcher says rolling back fuel efficiency standards is not justified by declining gasoline prices or otherwise. (The Conversation)

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