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Washington latest state committed to 100% clean energy

RENEWABLES: A bill requiring 100% clean energy in Washington by 2045 gains final approval in the state Senate and now heads to the governor to sign. (Greentech Media)

An economic working paper suggests renewable portfolio standards aren’t cost-effective, but critics question the study’s methods. (E&E News, subscription)
Wind and solar groups are skeptical whether they would benefit from an Ohio bill to save nuclear plants and reward carbon-free generation. (Toledo Blade)
• Vanderbilt University unveils a plan to power its campus with renewable energy and reduce its environmental impact. (Associated Press)

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The wind industry celebrates Wyoming regulators’ decision to award a key permit in a $3 billion transmission line project that will potentially bring 3 gigawatts of new wind power to the West Coast. (Greentech Media)
Fourteen companies have told federal energy regulators they’d like to build the first floating offshore wind farm off the coast of California. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR: A North Carolina solar farm is part of a study on bifacial modules that collect the sun’s energy on both sides of the panels. (Courier-Tribune)

STORAGE: An explosion at an Arizona battery facility that injured several firefighters comes at a sensitive time for the fledgling storage industry. (Greentech Media)

Ford plans to invest $500 million in electric vehicle startup Rivian and plan a new EV model for the automaker. (Detroit News)
• New Jersey activists and officials rally in support of a stalled bill to encourage electric vehicle use and building a statewide charging station network. (NJ.com)

EFFICIENCY: New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio wants the city to ban the construction of glass buildings to promote energy efficiency. (Associated Press)

Environmentalists want California’s governor to phase out oil and gas development and believe he’s considering such a move. (Los Angeles Times)
A remote Alaskan village surrounded by a national wildlife refuge is divided over plans to drill there. (Reuters)
• President Trump is considering a waiver of Jones Act requirements that would allow shipping of natural gas by non-U.S. flagged ships to ports in Puerto Rico and the Northeast. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: A proposed pipeline from Pennsylvania is seen by some activists as contrary to New York’s climate leadership. (Grist)

• As Indiana’s legislative session ends today, former U.S. EPA head Scott Pruitt’s lobbying effort to save seven coal plants has likely failed. (Associated Press)
• A Missouri newspaper verifies claims that every coal ash storage pond in the state with available data is contaminating groundwater. (Columbia Missourian)

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CARBON: Since the Industrial Revolution, the United States has emitted far more greenhouse gas emissions than any other country. (Vox/Carbon Brief)

• A new poll suggests a majority of likely voters support renewable energy and other climate solutions, but that expanding the definition of clean energy to include nuclear draws wider political support, David Roberts writes. (Vox)
Offshore drilling should be a litmus test for the 2020 presidential election, says the president of a small business chamber of commerce. (Post and Courier)

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