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Supreme Court pick has argued against environmental regulations

SUPREME COURT: President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has argued that climate and environmental regulation is a legal overreach even when backed by science, advocates say. (BuzzFeed News)

ALSO:
• Environmental groups raise concerns over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s record on air emission regulations. (Reuters)
• In response to a question on ethanol, Trump told Iowa officials they were “gonna love the Supreme Court nominee.” (Washington Examiner)

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TRANSMISSION: A developer lays out plans for a 730-mile transmission line that could carry wind power from Wyoming to California. (The Week)

WIND:
After years of delay, New Jersey utility regulators seek input on how to develop 1,100 megawatts of offshore wind capacity. (NJ Spotlight)
• A North Carolina wind farm doesn’t interfere with a Naval radar system but shouldn’t expand as originally planned, a new study finds. (Virginian-Pilot)

SOLAR:
• Solar financing fell 19 percent in the first half of 2018 compared to last year, according to data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. (Greentech Media)
• The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska emerges as a solar energy leader in the Great Plains. (Energy News Network)
• Three solar projects planned in Ohio would boost the state’s solar capacity by nearly 250 percent. (pv Magazine)
• A Wisconsin company says a new form of solar-powered LED lighting “has the potential to revamp the industry.” (Wisconsin Public Radio)

MICROGRIDS: A small island off Maine’s coast has become a laboratory for a microgrid using artificial intelligence to integrate solar, storage and heat pumps. (WBUR)

STORAGE: An Oakland company develops a lithium extraction process that could significantly lower electric vehicle battery costs. (Greentech Media)

CARBON: A new federal tax credit is expected to incentivize companies to capture and store carbon emissions underground. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: The “demand for oil prevailed” in the debate over Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement in Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)

OIL AND GAS:
• The natural gas industry is on a mission to prove it can keep up with clean energy, whose prices are becoming a threat to fossil fuels. (Bloomberg)
• More than 4 of every 5 acres of non-federal land in Colorado would be off-limits to drilling under a ballot measure that aims to increase setbacks, according to a new state analysis. (Denver Post)
• As a heat wave loosens its grip on southern California, a local utility backs off an earlier threat to curtail natural gas use. (Reuters)

COAL:
• The Trump administration appoints an aide to Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) as deputy assistant secretary for clean coal and carbon management. (E&E News, subscription)
• A municipal utility in Minnesota retires the last of its coal supply after transitioning to natural gas. (West Central Tribune)

POLITICS:
A Nevada energy choice initiative pits a billionaire casino owner against a billionaire utility owner. (Reno Gazette Journal)
As offshore drilling emerges as a major issue in South Carolina politics, three coastal mayors endorse an anti-drilling Democrat for Congress. (Post and Courier)

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UTILITIES:
• After concluding that a remote power line was uneconomical to maintain, a Vermont utility offers an unconventional service to customers: help going off the grid. (Yale Climate Connections)
• A New Jersey woman in hospice care dies after a utility company shut off power to her home and her electric-powered oxygen tank stopped working. (The New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Colorado State University researchers say methane emissions from oil and gas operations are much higher than current EPA estimates. (GreenBiz)
• Propping up uneconomic coal and nuclear plants “is absurd enough on its face that one doesn’t need a lot of help arguing against it,” an Ohio editorial board writes. (Columbus Dispatch)
• It’s time for a Portland area transit agency to adopt a bold strategy to electrify its bus fleet, says a local county commissioner. (The Oregonian)

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