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U.S. oil boom spells disaster for climate

OIL & GAS: The U.S. will export more oil than it imports next year thanks to a surge in drilling in the Permian Basin, according to the U.S. Energy Department. (CNBC)

ALSO:
• An analysis warns that the U.S. oil and gas boom spells disaster for the climate, releasing pollution equivalent to that from 1,000 coal plants by 2050. (E&E News, HuffPost)
• Families living near gas drilling operations are disproportionately burdened by them, their lawyer tells West Virginia’s Supreme Court. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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CLIMATE:
A new study finds 18 states would see higher carbon emissions under the Trump administration’s “Affordable Clean Energy” rule. (The Hill)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces plans for a “Green New Deal” aimed at 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040. (Greentech Media)
PG&E’s bankruptcy could jeopardize California’s plan to fight climate change through investing in renewable energy projects. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL:
• Six years after the celebrated closure of a Chicago coal plant, nearby residents are unhappy with redevelopment plans that may allow diesel-fueled peaker plants to continue operating there. (Energy News Network)
• Murray Energy’s CEO refuses in court to read a statement to his miners admitting he interfered with their rights to anonymously report safety hazards. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND:
• Wind power is expected to surpass hydro as the U.S. grid’s largest source of renewable electricity in 2019. (Greentech Media)
With a letter to federal officials this month, New Hampshire becomes the last coastal Northeast state to officially pursue offshore wind. (Energy News Network)
Developers of the Vineyard Wind project plan to release a compensation offer to the fishing industry today. (Providence Journal)
• Wind power is quickly challenging coal as the primary generation source in Kansas. (KCUR)

SOLAR:
• Global solar investment dropped 24 percent in 2018 in terms of dollars but set a record for capacity added, breaking the 100 GW barrier. (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)
• State regulators start hearings on AEP’s plan to build two solar projects in southern Ohio totaling 400 MW, which could be a “huge leap forward for renewables” in the state. (Dayton Daily News, E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• The Interior Department intends to bring back workers for an upcoming Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale despite the government shutdown. (Reuters)
While the federal government is shut down, multiple states are planning to challenge new offshore drilling rules. (Platts)
• Floridians voted for a constitutional ban on offshore drilling, but local officials say they’re at the mercy of the federal government. (U.S. News & World Report)

PIPELINE: The legal fights over the expansion of natural gas pipelines on the East Coast are starting to arrive at the Supreme Court. (E&E News)

GRID: Solar-plus-storage could allow more Illinois utility customers to participate in demand response programs, though the details of how that works are complicated. (Energy News Network)

MICROGRIDS: A microgrid that uses solar, natural gas, and battery storage powers part of Shell’s technology center campus in Houston. (Solar Power World)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• U.S. automaker executives are pressing the Trump administration and California to agree on fuel efficiency and carbon emission standards. (Reuters)
U.S. cities lag in terms of transit access, speed and comfort relative to other countries, according to a new report. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• The jockeying has begun to define the Green New Deal, including what counts as clean energy and what doesn’t, explains David Roberts. (Vox)
• The lack of voter concern over Wisconsin energy policy shows as utilities and their supportive regulators make decisions that reduce customer choice, a renewable energy advocate says. (Energy News Network)

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