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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)

• 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)

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)

• 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)

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)

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)

• 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)

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)

• 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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