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COAL ASH: Groundwater testing reveals coal ash contamination near at least 70 power plants in 22 states, with numbers likely to grow. (InsideClimate News)

EFFICIENCY: The Trump administration takes down the Energy Star website during its government shutdown while other sites remain online. (E&E News)

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GRID: Virginia utility regulators reject most of Dominion Energy’s $6 billion proposal to modernize its electric grid, saying the cost for customers was too high. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY:
A Minneapolis program is spurring solar and energy efficiency projects in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. (Energy News Network)
Critics say proposed legislation in Missouri to centralize oversight of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing could discourage borrowing. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Colorado’s governor issues a sweeping executive order aimed at getting more electric vehicles on the road. (Colorado Sun)
Tesla will cut its full-time workforce by about 7 percent and end a customer referral program that offers free superchargers. (Reuters, Los Angeles Times)

SOLAR: Five companies, including Bloomberg, Gap, and Salesforce, team up to invest in a 100 MW solar project in North Carolina. (Fast Company)

WIND:
• An offshore wind developer offers to pay Rhode Island fishermen $6.2 million to compensate for lost access to fishing grounds. (Providence Journal)
Wind power is on the rise in rural Texas despite a drop in investment and tariffs on materials. (Corpus Christi Caller Times)

COAL:
• Ohio officials raise concerns about the health of the state’s fund used to clean up abandoned coal-mining sites as the industry struggles. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A proposed battery manufacturing plant on a former Kentucky coal mine is delayed for a year because of problems at the site. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• FERC opens investigations into rates charged by three interstate natural gas pipelines to see if they are “substantially over-recovering” costs. (Utility Dive)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents ask a judge to deny developers’ request to remove two tree-sitting protestors. (Roanoke Times)

NUCLEAR:
Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors are funded and continue working through the government shutdown. (Energy News Network)
• A bipartisan bill clears Congress and is signed by President Trump aimed at accelerating development of advanced nuclear reactors. (Greentech Media)

PG&E BANKRUPTCY: PG&E’s bankruptcy in California could be devastating for clean energy developers doing business with the utility. (New York Times)

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POLITICS:
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice picks a lobbyist for his family’s coal companies to fill a state senate seat. (WVPB)
• Former California Gov. Jerry Brown visits Washington to rally support for Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to fight climate change. (Seattle Times)

COMMENTARY:
• The Supreme Court should reject requests to overturn Zero Emission Credit programs in New York and Illinois, writes the director of the Electricity Law Initiative at the Harvard Law School. (Utility Dive)
• Nuclear power, carbon capture, and enhanced geothermal will be key to powering a Green New Deal, say co-authors of a recent study reviewing pathways to decarbonize electricity systems. (New York Times)

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