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U.S. House passes first climate bill in a decade

CLIMATE: The U.S. House passes its first climate bill in a decade, calling for the Trump administration to keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• The board of Nebraska’s largest utility remains reluctant to take swift action on climate change despite major flooding in March that destroyed a hydropower facility and cut off access to a nuclear power plant. (Energy News Network)
A bill seeking to dramatically curb Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions is headed to Gov. Jared Polis to sign, despite strong opposition from the oil and gas industry. (The Colorado Independent)
Scholars and policy experts urged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support pending climate change legislation, saying the state is in a unique position to show national leadership. (Grist)

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CARBON: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signs off on a state budget that includes language inserted by Republicans to keep the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Washington Post)

RENEWABLES:
State policies that either encourage or undercut renewable energy play a bigger role in where solar power gains traction than how much the sun shines, experts say. (Center for Public Integrity)
A proposal moving forward in Nashville would push the city to get all of its power from renewable energy sources by 2041. (Nashville Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• Michigan regulators approve a replacement for net metering that finds middle ground between solar advocates and DTE Energy. (Energy News Network)
• The Texas Senate passes a bill that bars cities from putting restrictions on rooftop solar panels. (Houston Chronicle)
• The University of Louisville wins a $1 million grant for researching how to print thin solar panels by using repurposed printing presses. (Associated Press)

WIND:
New York’s grid operator says more onshore wind energy upstate is being lost because inadequate transmission lines keep it from load centers closer to New York City. (Times Union)
An offshore wind developer and a Connecticut port form a partnership to upgrade a pier to serve the growing offshore wind industry. (Hartford Courant)

STORAGE: ComEd’s CEO says energy storage will be “absolutely a necessary component” as the state transitions to more renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: As expected, the Trump administration loosens offshore drilling safety rules put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster to help boost the industry in the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES:
The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council says South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is not welcome on their reservation after she signed bills targeting pipeline protesters. (Forum News Service)
• A Virginia law firm represents landowners in multiple states trying to fight eminent domain claims by pipeline companies. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

POWER PLANTS:
New York’s grid operator is evaluating a proposed emissions rule that could force the retirement of 3,300 MW of natural gas-fired peaker plants in New York City and Long Island by 2025. (Reuters)
• A revised bill to subsidize two Ohio nuclear plants has the same limitations on renewable energy as an earlier version, while House Democrats separately propose a 50 percent renewable standard by 2050. (Energy News Network)

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POLITICS:
• Polling suggests that Republicans risk turning off younger voters en masse by portraying the Green New Deal as a socialist fantasy. (Politico)
After delivering more than 200 floor speeches on climate change, Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is joined for the first time by a Republican colleague. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: A climate activist looks at what we know so far about where 2020 presidential candidates stand on carbon pricing. (Citizens’ Climate Lobby)

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