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Trump looks to limit states’ power on pipelines

PIPELINES: The Trump administration is considering steps to limit states’ ability to block interstate gas pipeline and other energy projects. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Scientists urge Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to back a lawsuit seeking to overturn state regulators’ approval of the Line 3 pipeline replacement. (Associated Press)
• The government shutdown delays a tribal lawsuit against the Dakota Access pipeline and analysis on the Keystone XL project. (E&E News, subscription)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• A Virginia Senate committee rejects a bill to ban offshore drilling despite testimony from small business owners and environmental groups. (Capital News Service)
• U.S. House Democrats want answers from Interior on whether Florida is exempt from the department’s offshore drilling plans. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The Volkswagen settlement is making electric vehicles more accessible to Sacramento’s low-income residents. (New York Times)
Vermont regulators say electric vehicle charging stations should not be regulated like utilities and recommend changes to give station owners freedom to set their own prices. (Energy News Network)
Missouri regulators skeptical of a utility’s electric vehicle proposal accuse it of relying on faith that “if you build it, they will come.” (Energy News Network)
• A California police department converts a Tesla Model S into a patrol car, which could save it thousands of dollars in gas money. (Electrek)

COAL ASH:
• Virginia lawmakers announce a deal that would force Dominion Energy to fully excavate four unlined coal ash ponds around the state. (Washington Post)
• Virginia’s move puts more pressure on the administration of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, environmental advocates say. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Wind developers and Massachusetts officials say momentum is building for more offshore wind projects in the Northeast. (RTO Insider)
The Interior Department will move forward with an 800 MW wind project off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard during the government shutdown. (Reuters)

SOLAR: Milwaukee city councilors refuse to work with a utility on a pilot solar project as it opposes a city partnership with a third-party developer. (Energy News Network)

COAL: A bankrupt Colorado coal company can’t find anyone to buy its assets including mines in Montana and Wyoming. (Billings Gazette)

NUCLEAR: Entergy announces 250 new jobs at its Jackson, Mississippi nuclear center, which monitors power plants around the country. (Mississippi Today)

OIL & GAS: A North Dakota judge upholds a permit allowing for construction of an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES:
California fire investigators clear PG&E of starting a deadly 2017 fire, a move that lessen the utility’s liability as it circles bankruptcy. (Greentech Media)
• A ballot measure petition to allow Florida customers to shop for electricity providers hits a threshold to be considered for the 2020 ballot. (Miami Herald)

POLITICS: A crop of new governors is making climate change a top priority, announcing bold policies praised by environmental groups. (BuzzFeed News)

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