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States vow to challenge Trump’s Clean Power Plan replacement

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POWER PLANTS: New York takes the lead on challenging the Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan replacement, which “will end up in the courts,” a coalition of attorneys general wrote. (Greentech Media, E&E News)

ALSO:
Grid operator PJM says a federal bailout for coal and nuclear is unnecessary, but higher payments for on-site fuel storage may be needed later. (Utility Dive)
The U.S. is on track this year to retire a record of 15.4 GW of coal-fired capacity, according to an analysis. (Greentech Media)

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BIOMASS: The U.S. EPA endorses a plan to burn more trees and wood products for electricity, though scientists say the power source can emit more carbon dioxide than fossil fuels. (Bloomberg)

BIOGAS: Smithfield Foods says its plan to cover and capture gas from thousands of its hog manure pits is driven by a commitment to reduce its climate footprint, not by legal challenges to its waste lagoons. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
Residents are divided over a proposed 130 MW wind project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness that is unique for mostly involving one landowner. (Energy News Network)
More than half of the concrete foundations for Xcel Energy’s 239-turbine wind farm in Texas are complete, and the project is expected to be done in 2019. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
Solar energy use in Florida will increase 44 percent over the next 10 years, according to a new report from Florida regulators. (Solar Industry)
Philadelphia’s city council introduces an ordinance to build a 70 MW solar farm that would supply 22 percent of the electricity for city-owned buildings by 2020. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An Iowa truck stop seeks permission from state regulators to sell power from electric vehicle charging stations directly to drivers, which faces utility opposition. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: The natural gas industry and regulators have known about the dangers of leaking gas pipelines for decades but most haven’t fixed risky cast iron pipes. (USA Today)

OIL & GAS:
• The time of day makes a difference when measuring methane leaks from natural gas production, a new study determines. (ArsTechnica)
• Citing a lack of federal oversight on methane emissions, two environmental groups file a formal protest to an upcoming oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

CARBON: Latino business owners in Washington say opponents of a ballot measure to create a carbon fee are fabricating their stance on the issue. (Grist)

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POLITICS:
Opposition to fracking does not appear to be on Democrats’ agenda this election year as they seek to win a House majority. (E&E News, subscription)
More than a dozen candidates running for the Pennsylvania legislature have vowed to stop fracking and pipeline construction in the state. (In These Times)

COMMENTARY:
A “breathtaking” Republican political ad attacks a Florida Democrat for taking “dirty coal money.” (Vox)  
A utility watchdog group says FirstEnergy is offering in-kind contributions to both candidates for Ohio governor who also support bailouts for the company’s nuclear plants. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Coal doesn’t make financial sense in Texas or elsewhere around the U.S., an engineering professor writes. (Houston Chronicle)

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