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Texas expected to double its solar energy output next year

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BIOMASS:
• Turning ancient forests into wood pellets is putting Estonia’s tourism and climate commitments at risk — a cautionary tale for North Carolina, industry critics say. (Energy News Network)
• Wood pellets cause more climate pollution than coal when they’re burned, so why does Europe call them “carbon neutral”? (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• Texas is expected to double its solar energy output next year and in 2021 as developers take advantage of expiring tax subsidies. (Houston Chronicle)
• Duke Energy Florida finalizes a $700 million green bond to fund renewable investments like solar and energy storage in the state. (Renewables Now)

RENEWABLES: An environmental group files a petition with the North Carolina utility regulators to stop ratepayer money from being used to fund campaigns against renewables and climate action. (PV Magazine)

CLIMATE: In Florida and other Southeast states, Republicans are being pressured to address climate change and clean energy. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Two contaminated cylinders were taken across the country from a South Carolina nuclear fuel factory after workers failed to properly examine them for radioactivity. (Tri-City Herald)

OIL & GAS:
• The Trump administration plans to open more than 1.9 million acres of national forests and grasslands in Texas to oil and natural gas drilling. (Houston Chronicle)
• An evacuation order affecting 50,000 people is lifted after an explosion and fire at a Texas petrochemical plant last week is contained. (The Hill)

COAL: West Virginia political and industry leaders discuss the future of coal mining in the state as the industry declines even further. (WV News)

COMMENTARY:
• Whether waste-to-energy is “renewable” is debatable and not a solution to climate change, writes Roger Ballentine, president of Green Strategies, Inc. (Energy News Network)
• A Republican South Carolina representative says regulators have priced the state out of the solar business. (Greenville News)
• Solar offers Virginia schools a tool for environmental and financial sustainability, an editorial board says. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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