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U.S. renewable generation doubled in last decade

RENEWABLES: The amount of renewable electricity generated in the U.S. doubled over the last decade, with almost all of the growth coming from wind and solar. (Grist)

An Illinois bill would increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard and let utilities raise rates to pay for renewable projects. (Energy News Network)
• A Nevada lawmaker files legislation proposing to raise the state’s renewable energy standard to 50 percent by 2030. (Greentech Media)

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• Thirty-three global banks invested a combined $1.9 trillion in fossil fuel companies since 2015, according to a report by environmental groups. (Greentech Media)
• A Massachusetts firm says it has found a way to advance clean energy in underserved communities while benefiting investors at the same time. (Energy News Network)

• California likely broke a record for utility-scale solar energy production, at one point over the weekend meeting 59 percent of grid demand. (PV Magazine)
• New England’s grid operator projects solar capacity will more than double over the next decade. (Platts)
• A television ad in Iowa backs a bill for a fee on solar customers, saying they don’t pay their fair share to use the grid; the ad is produced by a group that advocates believe is connected to the state’s largest utility. (KCRG, Energy News Network archive)

SMART METERS: Kansas regulators find that requiring utility opt-out programs for smart meters would be difficult and costly. (Utility Dive)

POWER PLANTS: A White House economic report revives the potential for a federal program to bail out coal and nuclear plants. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: The Trump administration will finalize $3.7 billion in loans to Southern Company for construction of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia. (Bloomberg)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration will hold an auction today for oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico. (Reuters)

• Keystone XL and Line 3 pipeline delays are hurting Canadian tar sand forecasts and causing some investors to worry. (InsideClimate News)
Enbridge spent $11 million in 2018 lobbying Minnesota regulators in support of the Line 3 pipeline project. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A federal judge halts work on the PennEast pipeline in New Jersey amid a dispute over eminent domain. (Morning Call)
• Climate activists release a report that says the case for a $1 billion natural gas pipeline in New York has been overstated. (Crain’s)

West Virginia and two dozen other states are awarded a combined $291 million in federal grants for mine reclamation. (WVVA, WSIL)
• Federal inaction to restore benefits for coal miners with black lung disease is putting miners in danger. (Associated Press)

HYDRO: Federal regulators seek to balance the flow into a popular New Jersey waterfall with the needs of a hydroelectric plant upstream. (Paterson Press)

WASTE TO ENERGY: Maryland lawmakers advance a bill that would make a Baltimore trash incinerator ineligible for clean energy subsidies. (Baltimore Sun)

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CAP AND TRADE: California’s cap and trade program helps protect South Carolina’s forests by compensating owners for carbon sequestration. (E&E News, subscription)

• An Ohio editorial board says Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposal to boost funding for coal mine reclamation by $5 million “rights a wrong” by the previous administration. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A Vox writer cites Minneapolis’ strong energy efficiency programs and utility partnerships as an avenue to address climate change.

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