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Supreme Court won’t stop youth climate lawsuit

CLIMATE: The Supreme Court denies the Trump administration’s plea to halt a lawsuit by young people seeking stronger federal action on climate change. (The Hill)

WIND: A plan for the nation’s largest wind farm faced heavy opposition from the oil and gas industry. (InsideClimate News)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asks Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to support the state’s offshore wind energy goal as an alternative to federal offshore drilling plans. (The Hill)
• The Ohio EPA rules an offshore wind project in Lake Erie complies with the Clean Water Act and would not cause pollution. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SOLAR:
• A steep decline in solar module prices is almost offsetting the impact of Trump’s solar panel tariffs, says a solar company CEO. (Reuters)
• Georgia Power opens a competitive bidding process to buy 1 to 3 MW of solar power from small generators, including homeowners. (The Telegraph)

STORAGE: A compromise in Massachusetts lets storage developers keep control of capacity rights and gives utilities a new revenue stream to offset solar incentive costs. (Greentech Media)

POLICY:
A Massachusetts bill would boost the state’s renewable standard by 2 percent annually but doesn’t eliminate caps on net metering. (Boston Globe)
• Portland, Oregon voters will decide this fall whether to tax giant retailers to pay for clean energy. (Grist)
• A northern Colorado city is moving ahead with plans to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. (The Coloradoan)

PIPELINES:
• The Trump administration predicts some “moderate” environmental impacts from building and operating the Keystone XL pipeline. (The Hill)
• West Virginia regulators cite Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers for failing to control erosion on a construction site. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL & GAS:
• Colorado regulators agree to consider rules establishing larger buffer zones between schools and oil and gas sites. (The Denver Channel)
Hikers outside Pittsburgh are disappointed to find fracking equipment along a trail. (WESA)

NUCLEAR:
• The carbon impact from closing an Iowa nuclear plant will depend on whether the generation is replaced with renewables. (E&E News)
• SCANA set aside $110 million to pay executives if they lose their jobs in a proposed takeover by Dominion Energy. (Post and Courier)
• Alabama officials say the Bellefonte nuclear plant will be completed in five to six years. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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COAL:
• A veteran coal miner in Alabama reopens his mining business because of President Trump’s promises to bring back the coal industry. (The Atlantic)
• Murray Energy says it will weather the impact of decreased U.S. coal demand while also protecting investors. (S&P Global Intelligence)

COMMENTARY:
• Washington’s governor says California has an opportunity to shape the energy future of the West by expanding its grid to include other states. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• Renters need better access to electric vehicle charging stations if states like California are to meet ambitious carbon goals. (GreenBiz)

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