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CLIMATE: The Trump administration allies with Russia, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia in an effort to water down an international climate pledge. (The Guardian)

ALSO:
• New and recently re-elected Democratic governors plan a series of aggressive steps to address climate change and bolster renewables. (The Hill)
• As President Trump advocates for fossil fuels at the UN climate talks, the largest U.S. energy companies double down on renewables. (Climate Home News)

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UTILITIES: Virginia regulators order Dominion Energy to redo a long-term energy plan it submitted for approval in May because the current one is not “reasonable and in the public interest.” (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
A federal judge rules Keystone XL’s developer can’t conduct pre-construction work until after a government environmental review. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• Dominion halts all Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction after a federal appeals court stays two permits for the project. (Staunton News Leader)
• Virginia sues Mountain Valley Pipeline developers, alleging more than 300 environmental violations. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS:
• An EPA science advisor allowed an oil industry lobbying group to proofread and copyedit his findings before they were published. (E&E News)
New Mexico could soon be using treated fracking wastewater for crops and even drinking water. (Washington Post)

TRANSPORTATION:
The transit agency serving Martha’s Vineyard plans to power a new fleet of electric buses with an innovative microgrid system. (Energy News Network)
• General Motors fights to keep a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles amid the fallout from its plan to close several manufacturing plants. (Associated Press)
• General Motors learned most plug-in hybrid owners aren’t using their gasoline engines much, a factor in the Chevy Volt’s phase out. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
Rhode Island offers financial incentives to developers that build solar projects on polluted properties instead of forests or farmland. (Energy News Network)
• One of the fast-growing solar markets in Illinois involves partnering with farmers who are willing to lease land for projects. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

WIND:
• California has been slow to embrace offshore wind, but that might change as the state tries to meet its newly adopted clean energy goals. (Los Angeles Times)
• The Trump administration urges the Supreme Court to not consider a case involving the Osage Nation trying to stop a wind farm in northern Oklahoma. (Oklahoman)

RENEWABLES:
Cincinnati’s city council approves a resolution aiming to power city operations on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. (WCPO)
• A Colorado electric co-op’s decision to leave its coal-heavy generation supplier illustrates how the affordability of clean energy is upending the economics of power production in the West. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Custom builders say net-zero energy homes can pay for themselves in a short period of time, even in colder Midwest climates. (InsideClimate News)

POWER PLANTS: The debate over a proposed 550 MW, $700 million natural gas plant now heads before Wisconsin regulators, though the odds of blocking it are not in clean energy groups’ favor. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: As climate change warnings grow more dire, more Western activists are promoting nuclear power as the key to saving the planet despite its problem-plagued past. (High Country News)

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CAP-AND-TRADE: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is considering whether to support a petition seeking a state cap-and-trade program. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• President Trump’s pursuit of “American energy dominance” threatens the entire planet, writes an author and energy analyst. (Los Angeles Times)
• Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell praises the Trump administration’s rollback of regulations on new coal-fired power plants. (WMKY)

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