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U.S. promotes fossil fuels at climate talks

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CLIMATE: In an event met with laughter and protests, the Trump administration promotes fossil fuels at climate negotiations in Poland; advocates are concerned Trump is emboldening other leaders to reject climate science. (Washington Post)

ALSO: Undeterred by the recent defeat of a proposed carbon tax, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils a package of legislation aimed at fighting climate change, including one measure to shift the state toward 100 percent clean energy by 2045. (Seattle Times)

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WIND: Installed offshore wind capacity in the U.S. will reach approximately 10 GW by the end of 2027, according to a global wind market forecast. (reNEWS)

• A Texas electric cooperative leaves a long-term power purchase agreement to buy solar. (S&P Global)
A town outside Boston becomes the first in New England to require solar panels on new commercial buildings. (WBUR)
• A Florida solar co-op allows homeowners to purchase solar arrays for a bulk discount of around 20 percent. (Gainesville Sun)

UTILITIES: While one Colorado co-op seeks to end a relationship with its coal-heavy energy provider, another looks to change it from within. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: Clean energy groups are divided over a planned $500 million transmission line between Iowa and Wisconsin that could improve clean energy connections, though critics say alternatives aren’t being adequately considered. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• Environmentalists protest the BLM’s plan to auction off 155,000 acres of land in Utah at an oil and gas lease sale set for today. (Deseret News)
• Michigan’s two largest utilities ramp up spending on natural gas distribution totaling billions of dollars in the coming years. (Energy News Network)

Nine environmental groups and 16 South Carolina cities plan to sue the Trump administration over offshore drilling tests. (Post and Courier)
North Carolina aquariums raise concerns about the impact of seismic testing for offshore drilling on marine life. (WITN)

• A panel of judges scrutinizes FERC’s oversight of natural gas pipelines. (E&E News, subscription)
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge by clean air advocates and local landowners to stop Sunoco’s use of eminent domain to acquire land for its Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline. (Daily Local News)

COAL: A Florida utility announces a $1 million study aimed at shutting down its two coal plants. (Orlando Sentinel)

• The transit agency serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro commits to adding up to 125 electric buses over the next four years, with a full phase out of diesel buses possible after that. (Energy News Network)
• About half of all electric vehicles sold in the United States over the past seven years were sold in California, according to a new industry report. (Ars Technica)

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WASTE TO ENERGY: Facing public opposition and expensive upgrades, cities around the country are looking to shut down their waste-to-energy incinerators. (Pacific Standard)

COMMENTARY: A Forbes writer says the rural Midwest is transitioning to renewable energy despite a lack of climate action from the Trump administration.

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