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Study finds EPA vastly underestimating methane emissions

OIL AND GAS: A new study finds the EPA is vastly underestimating methane emissions from oil and gas production. (New York Times)

ALSO: Conservation groups file a lawsuit alleging federal wildlife agencies failed to complete mandatory reporting on how oil drilling could affect endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE:
• Backers of a bipartisan push for a carbon tax don’t expect anything to happen under the Trump administration, but “public attitudes on this topic are shifting.(E&E News)
• Republican senators from Texas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma call for an investigation into whether a meteorologist training program is trying to “influence political and social debate.” (InsideClimate News)

GRID:
• A report from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. finds overall grid resilience is improving. (Utility Dive)
• The Western Electricity Coordinating Council warns of thin reserve margins in the West through 2026, with “any major disruptions … pushing the system to the limit.” (RTO Insider)

SOLAR: Tesla will close more than a dozen solar facilities as it downsizes its residential solar business. (Reuters)

BIOFUELS: The EPA will likely delay its announcement of 2019 renewable fuel requirements, which had been expected today. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Utility regulators discuss their “new and awkward role” in overseeing infrastructure for electric vehicles. (E&E News)
• A California transit agency is on the leading edge of a broader trend to electrify heavy-duty commercial vehicles. (New York Times)

PIPELINES: Representatives for a rural Massachusetts county advise FERC on how to improve its review of natural gas pipeline proposals, saying they found the agency to be “unresponsive to community and regional concerns, particularly related to environmental impacts and safety.” (Greenfield Recorder)

TRANSMISSION:
• Tennessee Senators call on President Trump to drop plans to sell off TVA transmission assets, with one calling it a “looney idea.” (Times Free Press)
• A utility plants pollinator-friendly gardens under a transmission line in a Minneapolis suburb. (Pioneer Press)

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ADVOCACY: A successful push to rid petcoke storage piles from a neighborhood on Chicago’s Southeast Side prepared residents for their next air pollution challenge. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY:
• Similar to solar energy’s “duck curve,” experts say wind energy presents some manageable challenges across the Upper Midwest. (Greentech Media)
• Montana and other Western coal producing states are being held “hostage” by the ideology of politicians in Washington state who have decided to ban coal exports, says Montana’s attorney general. (New York Times)
• An advocate compares the EPA’s Scott Pruitt with cartoon character Wile E. Coyote. (The Hill)

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