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Trump tweet can’t save Kentucky coal plant

COAL: The Tennessee Valley Authority’s board votes to close two coal-fired power plants, including one in Kentucky that President Trump had urged it in a tweet to keep open. (NPR)

ALSO: The Trump administration approves two coal mine projects in Utah including one located between two national parks in the state’s iconic red rock region. (Associated Press)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
The need for more electric vehicle charging stations in Illinois is clear, but who should build, own and profit from them is not. (Energy News Network)
• Even in the biggest electric vehicle markets, drivers can still have a hard time finding a place to recharge. (Bloomberg)
• An Austin research company and local utility team up to test if electric vehicle batteries can provide power to the grid. (Greentech Media)

TRANSPORTATION: Advocates want Amazon to help fund transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects as the company develops plans for its Virginia headquarters. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES: Greenpeace says Amazon is wavering on its commitment to renewable energy to power its Virginia data centers. (Washington Post)

SOLAR:
• A California company seeks a business partner to help boost its solar panel manufacturing business, which could help its Oregon factory. (Reuters)
• Bank of America stadium, where the Carolina Panthers play, will soon install solar panels to power some of its operations. (Solar Power World)

WIND: Five companies submit bids to supply offshore wind power to New York state, which is seeking to add 2,400 MW of capacity by 2030. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY:
• California leads the nation in the construction of net zero homes as costs drop. (CNBC)
A unique project at a Connecticut dairy farm captures waste heat from compost piles to warm buildings. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
• U.S. nuclear energy developers ask President Trump to help them sell power plants in the Middle East and elsewhere overseas. (Bloomberg)
• A 52-year-old Florida law says Disney World can build a nuclear power plant on its Orlando property. (Orlando Sentinel)

PIPELINES:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers say the project will be completed by the end of the year despite legal setbacks. (Reuters)
• A federal judge dismisses a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit the Dakota Access pipeline developer filed against environmental groups and activists, citing no evidence of a coordinated criminal enterprise. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: The U.S. Department of Transportation issues final rules requiring railroads to develop oil spill response plans. (Reuters)

POLLUTION:
• An Ohio River commission votes to keep its authority to set regional water pollution standards, in a win for environmental groups. Previous coverage here. (InsideClimate News, Energy News Network archive)
• Coal power plants, cars and trucks and factories — not wildfires — are the main sources of black carbon pollution in the Arctic. (InsideClimate News)

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POLITICS:
• In response to Republicans forcing an early vote on the Green New Deal, Senate Democrats say: “Bring it on.” (Associated Press)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top four lieutenants collectively accepted $790,000 from oil, gas and electric utility interests during the past two years. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• David Roberts explains how a California coalition is making a serious effort to decarbonize the state’s buildings, which while not “sexy” is a critical step in fighting climate change. (Vox)
• The 2009 economic stimulus act offers several key lessons for a Green New Deal, an environmental economist writes. (The Conversation)

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