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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)

• 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)

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 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)

• 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)

• 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)

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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• 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)

• 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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