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States struggle with how to replace solar net metering

SOLAR: As rooftop solar expands, states have struggled to devise successors to net metering, but replicable models may be emerging. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: Homeowners are increasingly turning to solar backed by storage to keep the lights on during extreme storms. (U.S. News & World Report)

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NUCLEAR:
• Nuclear plants in Virginia and North Carolina are vulnerable to storm surges and heavy flooding, the Union of Concerned Scientists says. (CityLab)
A U.S. appeals court upholds Illinois’ zero-emission credit program that acts as a subsidy for struggling nuclear plants. (RTO Insider)

RENEWABLES:
• Virginia companies ask Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration for more flexibility in buying energy from alternative suppliers. (Energy News Network)
New York City announces a goal to double pension fund investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other climate solutions. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• While riding on a plug-in hybrid ferry, California’s governor signs a dozen bills into law aimed at boosting electric vehicle use. (Sacramento Bee)
Ikea invests in electric vehicles as part of an effort to offer zero-emission delivery in large cities by 2020 and worldwide by 2025. (Fast Company)

OIL & GAS:
• Faulty gas lines cause a series of explosions and fires north of Boston, killing a teenager and injuring a handful of others. (Associated Press, WCVB5)
• Oil and gas industry investors debate whether to continue pumping money into oil fields or if the fracking boom should slow down. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: A right-leaning think tank sides with Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents, saying regulatory approval processes routinely violate landowner rights. (E&E News)

NATURAL GAS: As utilities rush to build natural gas plants, declining costs for solar and storage put them at risk for billions of dollars in stranded assets. (PV Magazine)

COAL:
Connecticut joins an international alliance dedicated to ending reliance on traditional coal-fired power plants. (Hartford Courant)
• Coal companies could reduce waste and make a profit by extracting rare earth metals found in coal ash, scientists say. (The Conversation)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire lawmakers vote to overturn Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill subsidizing biomass plants. (NHPR)

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TRANSMISSION: Dark money and opaque alliances make it difficult to know the true identity of Maine’s opponents to a transmission line that would deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• Big Oil is starting to pay a steep political cost for three decades worth of short-term victories, a columnist writes. (Bloomberg)
• Electric flight will transform our cities for the better, and it will happen sooner than you think, write two venture capital investors. (Greentech Media)  
• President Trump keeps touting coal in conservative states where renewable energy is cheaper and voters are ready to make the switch, a columnist writes. (MarketWatch)

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