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Washington, D.C. pledges 100 percent renewables by 2032

CITIES: Washington, D.C. passes a bill to source all the capital’s electricity from renewables by 2032 and set aggressive efficiency standards for existing buildings. (Huffington Post)

ALSO: The mayor of St. Louis signs an “aspirational” pledge committing the city to 100 percent renewable energy. (St. Louis Public Radio)

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TRANSPORTATION:
Nine states and Washington, D.C. announce a regional cap-and-invest initiative to reduce carbon emissions from transportation. (Associated Press)
• A consumer group says preserving fuel economy standards is “critically important to millions of financially challenged Americans.” (Green Car Reports)

SOLAR:
Developers and advocates say We Energies’ proposal to lease rooftop space for solar would undermine the private market amid the company’s reluctance to approve other third-party projects. (Energy News Network)
Philadelphia’s mayor signs legislation to buy enough solar power to cover about a fifth of the city government’s annual electricity needs. (Philly Voice)
Portland, Maine’s mayor praises a new solar farm on a capped landfill that will generate enough electricity to power City Hall. (Portland Press Herald, Maine Public)

STORAGE:
A New Hampshire energy storage pilot program will pair in-home batteries with time-of-use rates to try to shave peak loads and save customers money. (Energy News Network)
Colorado’s biggest battery storage system goes online, a move expected to save customers of a Denver-area electric co-op more than $1 million per year. (Colorado Public Radio)

COAL:
• Analysts see “very little upside” for the coal industry as retirements near record levels in 2018 and consumption continues to decline. (Greentech Media)
• Dominion Energy wants more than $300 million from ratepayers to upgrade coal-fired power plants and coal ash ponds in Virginia. (Utility Dive)
• Amid a surge in black lung disease in Appalachia, a Virginia pulmonary clinic offers a new approach to improve miners’ quality of life. (Ohio Valley Resource)

INTERIOR: The deputy running the Interior Department after Secretary Ryan Zinke’s resignation is expected to continue the Trump administration’s drive to open federal land for fossil fuel development. (InsideClimate News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: With Zinke leaving, Florida’s exemption from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan is less certain. (Tampa Bay Times)

OIL & GAS: Colorado regulators unanimously approve new rules creating bigger buffer zones between oil and gas wells and school buildings. (Denver Post)

PIPELINES: Virginia air pollution regulators will take a closely watched vote today on a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Associated Press)

HYDROPOWER: Northwest states, tribes and federal agencies finalize an agreement meant to strike a balance between protecting salmon and producing hydropower. (Tri-City Herald)

BIOMASS: New Hampshire’s largest utility says it won’t follow a state law requiring it to purchase power from the state’s wood-burning power plants. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

UTILITIES: Influential utility CEO Jim Rogers, who helped steer Duke Energy toward more renewable energy, dies at the age of 71. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

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POLITICS:
• Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s name has been removed from a list of politicians who pledged not to accept fossil fuel money. (Sludge)
• A watchdog group tracked utility political spending ahead of the 2018 election found more gifts to GOP groups and candidates. (Energy & Policy Institute)

COMMENTARY:
• A U.S. senator from Wyoming argues that the U.S. can cut carbon emissions through innovation in nuclear power and carbon capture. (New York Times)
• A retired coal miner asks why Kentucky lawmakers aren’t doing more to protect miners and coal communities. (Courier Journal)

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