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Utilities waiting for Dorian’s next move

HURRICANE DORIAN: Utilities prepare for the impact of Hurricane Dorian, which threatens the electric grid from Florida to South Carolina. (Orlando Sentinel, The State)

ALSO:
• The storm could be a test for Florida solar farms, which are required to be built to withstand 160 mph winds. (Bloomberg)
• Florida Power & Light activates an emergency response plan for the storm that includes a 16,000-person restoration workforce. (S&P Global)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
U.S. Coast Guard rescuers use a Rhode Island offshore wind farm to practice rescue operations as the industry grows along the East Coast. (SouthCoastToday)
Tidal and wave energy projects in New England stall as offshore wind has gained most of the attention from commercial and research entities. (ecoRI)

SOLAR:
• Wisconsin solar projects help an organic brand become the world’s largest food company powered by 100% renewable energy. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• The average U.S. construction cost for solar generation continues to decrease, while costs for onshore wind and natural gas increased slightly. (Today in Energy) 

STORAGE: A battery arms race is underway as the world’s largest storage projects aim to compete with gas plants and help manage surplus solar power. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: China says it will exempt Telsa’s electric cars from a 10% purchase tax following a visit to the country by CEO Elon Musk. (CNN)

COAL:
• Coal miners blocking a coal train for a month to protest their lack of pay have worked to keep the fight from getting too political. (Washington Post)
• Environmental groups criticize Ameren’s plan to cap legacy coal ash sites rather than excavate the toxic material. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

OIL & GAS:
• Small oil and gas drillers are struggling to pay off debt burdens as investors lose their appetite for shale. (Wall Street Journal)
• The New York Times drops its sponsorship of the world’s biggest oil industry conference after pressure from climate activists. (The Guardian) 

PIPELINES: Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents ask the Supreme Court to block a request to safeguard permits for the project to cross under the Appalachian Trail. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES:
Colorado utilities team up to study joining a regional trading market, a step that could make it easier to bring more renewable energy to the grid. (Denver Post)
• Wisconsin utility executives say it is possible to decarbonize their portfolios by 2050, but questions about cost and technology remain. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A majority of bids submitted as part of an Indiana utility’s long-term energy plan are for wind, solar and energy storage. (PV Magazine)

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POLITICS:
• 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar release their plans to address climate change. (Reuters, CNN)
Minnesota labor groups remain skeptical about endorsing the Green New Deal, but say they are committed to climate action. (MinnPost)

COMMENTARY:
• Making it easier to ride bikes and harder to drive cars would help our planet, our health, and our cities, a sustainability professor writes. (Washington Post)
• The founder of a Massachusetts trucking company says a carbon price will help develop clean energy technologies and keep more money in the state instead of sending it to outside fossil fuel interests. (Boston Business Journal)

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