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U.S. companies’ appetite for clean energy remains strong


RENEWABLE ENERGY: U.S. companies are still showing strong demand for clean energy despite the Trump administration’s efforts to backtrack on climate policy. (New York Times)

• A report finds the world’s largest countries are still spending billions to subsidize fossil fuels. (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
• A document reveals a plan developed by the Trump administration to undermine the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions. (E&E News)

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EMISSIONS: The EPA will deny petitions by Maryland and Delaware that sought to reduce emissions of nitrogen dioxide from power plants in five upwind states, saying petitioners failed to show emissions levels violated the Clean Air Act. (Associated Press)

• Grid operator PJM reasserts that FirstEnergy’s struggling nuclear and coal plants are not needed for reliability while hinting that there may be questions about the legality of the Trump administration’s effort to subsidize them. (Toledo Blade)
• Advocates seek assurances that the public will not be left to pick up the cost of decommissioning the plants when they shut down. (Midwest Energy News)

• Of more than 50 new nuclear reactors being built around the world, only six are being constructed by a U.S. firm, according to data from the World Nuclear Association. (U.S. News & World Report)
• A federal appeals court dismisses a lawsuit by the state of Texas seeking to force a licensing decision for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage project in Nevada. (Las Vegas Review Journal)

WIND: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker believes the state can be a national leader in the race to develop offshore wind, citing 1,200 megawatts of new projects being developed in a partnership with Rhode Island. (Associated Press, ecoRI)

• California regulators approve a series of proposals by utilities to spend more than $768 million on the state’s electric vehicle infrastructure. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Experts say major investments in charging infrastructure in New York, New Jersey and California could help electric vehicles go mainstream. (The Verge)

EFFICIENCY: The city of Minneapolis is considering allowing on-bill financing to support energy efficiency projects. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS: Three companies have applied to do extensive seismic work in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the first steps toward drilling in the pristine wilderness area. (Washington Post)

PIPELINES: Virginia law enforcement worked with an anti-terrorism agency to monitor Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters, according to documents. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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POLITICS: EPA chief Scott Pruitt had courtside seats to a University of Kentucky basketball game courtesy of a billionaire coal baron who donated millions to President Trump’s campaign. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: A coalition of 16 states and Puerto Rico are largely to thank for a 0.5 percent drop in U.S. emissions last year, says the editorial board of The New York Times.

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