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U.S., China to expand climate partnership

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CLIMATE:
• The U.S. and China will announce today an expansion of last year’s joint agreement on climate change. (The Hill)
• President Obama says he should have “moved faster to a nonlegislative strategy” on climate change after the collapse of a 2009 cap-and-trade bill. (The Hill)
• California regulators plan to revive the state’s low-carbon fuel standard. (Los Angeles Times)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The Southwest Power Pool reaches out to state regulators to discuss plans to comply with EPA carbon rules. (EnergyWire)

POLLUTION:
The EPA plans sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions in cars following the Volkswagen scandal. (Associated Press)
• A Minnesota project has helped retrofit thousands of large vehicles and pieces of equipment with cleaner-burning diesel engines. (Midwest Energy News)

PHILANTHROPY: A $1 million gift from a Chicago firm will help develop new business models for large-scale renewable energy projects across the country. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: Class-action lawsuits brought against solar leasing companies and elsewhere are raising questions about who’s protecting consumers. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
• The Interior Department announces it will auction 344,000 acres off the New Jersey shore for potential offshore wind development. (Climate Central)
Limited transmission capacity will likely slow down wind development in the Texas Panhandle. (Amarillo Globe-News)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota regulators give the industry 10 more months to reduce the amount of natural gas burned off at wells, known as flaring. (Reuters)
Caterpillar says it is cutting 10,000 jobs in response to the oil downturn. (Bloomberg)
• Advocates in Ohio are praising the state Supreme Court for placing an anti-fracking initiative back on Nov. 3 ballots. (Youngstown Vindicator)
A judge dismisses a lawsuit seeking to shut down opposition to fracking near a Pennsylvania school. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A study finds the majority of tax credits for electric cars are going to the wealthiest households. (Wall Street Journal)

ENERGY STORAGE:
• Harvard researchers say a new battery technology can provide low-cost energy storage for homes without creating a fire risk. (National Geographic)
• Duke Energy is trying to standardize energy storage for small companies that want the security of backup power. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• An energy storage firm says batteries can help cut carbon emissions by reducing the need for peaker plants to run. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:
• A Utah newspaper hopes Oakland, California will rescue it from a bad investment in a coal terminal. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Executives from Unilever and Kellogg explain their business case for climate action. (Huffington Post)
Does it really matter what term journalists use to describe climate deniers? (Vox)

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