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Task force could clear obstacles for offshore wind on West Coast

WIND: The developer of an offshore wind project in Lake Erie says conditions recommended by the Ohio Power Siting Board would make financing the project “virtually impossible.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ALSO:
A decision by a federal-state task force could clear permitting obstacles for offshore wind on the West Coast. (Utility Dive)
As the size of wind turbines increases, some residents push back against plans in southwestern Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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COAL:
• Duke Energy plans to close all seven of its North Carolina coal plants over the next 30 years, according to a state regulatory filing. (Charlotte Observer)
• A small Kentucky coal town transitions to solar to save on electricity bills and keep some some of its institutions afloat. (Energy News Network)
• A Washington state judge backs an Oregon utility’s request to keep information about its coal plants secret. (Associated Press)
• Coal is still the most-used electricity source in 18 states. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

PIPELINES:
A pipeline firm is found guilty of criminal charges that it knowingly caused a catastrophic 2015 oil spill near Santa Barbara. (Los Angeles Times)
• At least 13 pipeline protesters have been arrested in the last month in Louisiana. (The Advocate)

OIL AND GAS:
• A federal oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico brings in $972 million, shattering a previous national record. (Albuquerque Journal)
• California’s governor signs two bills that would block offshore drilling by preventing the construction of infrastructure needed to move oil and gas from federal waters to state land. (Los Angeles Times)
• More than 8,000 “orphan” oil and gas wells sit abandoned in West Virginia and the Ohio Valley, leaving states to find resources to clean them up. (Ohio Valley Resource)

EFFICIENCY:
A more efficient way to keep food warm could soon dominate in kitchens the way LEDs have taken over the lighting market. (Greentech Media)
A Maryland city would save nearly $100,000 a year by switching to LED streetlights, but some residents say they’re too “harsh and bright.” (Washington Post)

POWER PLANTS:
A former FERC chairman says discussion of coal and nuclear plant bailouts is “distracting from the real issues of the day.” (Utility Dive)
Groups are divided over whether nuclear and natural gas should be part of New Jersey’s plan to reach 100 percent clean energy by 2050. (NJ Spotlight)

EMISSIONS:
• Minneapolis needs to reduce residents’ driving trips by 37 percent to meet 2040 emission-reduction goals, experts say. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An Iowa city’s draft climate action plan calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

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CARBON: A poll of 2,000 representative U.S. voters shows support for a radical carbon tax that would pay each American $2,000 a year. (Quartz)

COMMENTARY:
The mayors of New York and London call on other cities to join them in divesting their assets from fossil fuel companies. (The Guardian)
• An editorial board says climate change impacts felt in Kansas City will increase electric bills for ratepayers. (Kansas City Star)
Florida utilities should embrace clean energy even if the Trump administration tries to prop up fossil fuels, an editorial board says. (Tampa Bay Times)

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