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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla plans to unveil its electric pickup truck on Nov. 21 in Los Angeles, according to a tweet by Elon Musk. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS:
• Lawyers for New York state and Exxon Mobil will make closing arguments Friday in the trial over whether the company concealed climate risks from investors. (Reuters)
A new study finds a small number of leaking pipes in California are responsible for a third of the state’s methane emissions. (Discover)

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PIPELINES:
• Federal regulators order the Keystone pipeline to remain shut down following last week’s spill until a failed section is tested and the owner develops a remediation plan. (Associated Press)
• Leaders from four tribes of the Great Sioux Nation say the Keystone pipeline spill should bolster opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipeline expansion. (Nation of Change)

COAL:
Despite Murray Energy’s bankruptcy and his own illness, Bob Murray continues to publicly voice support for propping up the coal industry. (NPR)
Sen. Mitch McConnell introduces legislation that could help protect pensions and health care benefits for retired coal miners. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• A Kansas utility tells state regulators “significant interest” remains for building a new coal plant that has been stalled for more than a decade. (Wichita Eagle)

SOLAR: A solar installer says power shutoffs in California have “reset” the market: “consumers who didn’t purchase in the past…are re-evaluating that decision.” (Greentech Media)

STORAGE: In-home battery systems installed by a Vermont utility kept the lights on for 1,100 customers during a blackout last month, with one battery running for 84 hours. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLES: Google announces a “strategic alliance” with independent power producer AES on artificial intelligence and data analytics to modernize the electric grid and support new renewable projects. (Greentech Media)

EMISSIONS: As Amazon moves to be net carbon neutral by 2040, an analysis finds the company’s emissions from the use of airplanes is on the rise. (Reuters)

POWER PLANTS: A proposed constitutional amendment in New Jersey to ban fossil fuel power plants could reach the ballot in 2021, but would not affect pending projects. (NJ Spotlight)

CLIMATE: Virginia could lead the Southeast on climate policy with Democrats in control of the state legislature. (InsideClimate News)

EFFICIENCY: A Vermont city now has a building code that it hopes will lead to weatherizing all rental apartments. (WCAX)

UTILITIES: With full control of state government, Virginia Democrats will have an opportunity to confront Dominion Energy over its electricity monopoly and influence on energy policy in the state. (The Intercept)

CONGRESS:
• A publication’s energy policy tracker offers a summary of federal legislation before Congress in ten different areas. (Utility Dive)
• Utah Sen. Mitt Romney joins the Senate Climate Caucus, calling for “productive bipartisan dialogue” on the issue. (Salt Lake Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• A proposal by grid operator MISO “should be recognized as proactive and forward looking” in planning for more renewable energy and storage, an analyst writes. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• A clean energy advocate says door-to-door canvassing in Pennsylvania found the public engaged and interested in pursuing a 100% renewable energy goal. (Environment America)
A former EPA official criticizes automakers backing President Trump in lawsuits to bar California from setting tailpipe emissions standards, saying “the time for greenwashing and hypocrisy is over.” (The Hill)

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