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‘We are walking a tight rope’: Coal industry fears trade dispute

COAL: U.S. coal mining companies worry that President Trump’s trade dispute with China could hurt their main lifeline: exports to China. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: A California federal court dismisses climate change lawsuits against five oil companies, ruling that legal questions posed by plaintiff cities were outside the purview of the court. (Reuters)

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POWER PLANTS: Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he is not ready to disclose policy details of how the Trump administration plans to save struggling coal and nuclear plants. (E&E News, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Atlanta officials consider three pathways to run the city on 100 percent clean energy by 2050. (InsideClimate News)
• An Arizona utility regulator lays out a framework for new rules requiring utilities to get 80 percent of power from renewable sources by 2050. (Utility Dive)
• Ohio lawmakers consider legislation to weaken clean energy standards in exchange for relaxing wind turbine setbacks. (Energy News Network)

BUILDINGS: Minnesota officials delay a decision on updating the state’s residential energy code, which sets standards on energy usage in newly built homes. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• An Indiana bank looks to capitalize on the growth of the solar industry by financing projects across the Midwest. (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
A change to New York’s net metering policy for new community solar projects could cripple the state’s growing solar industry, say solar advocates. (WAMC)

OIL & GAS:
• EPA Chief Scott Pruitt made a recruiting “plea” for oil and gas industry executives to apply for top jobs in the agency. (BuzzFeed News)
• Cities downstream of an 
oil train derailment in northwestern Iowa are confident that drinking water supplies will remain safe. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• Oil and gas pipelines are an increasingly potent issue for Native Americans rallying against them. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• TransCanada files for a $15.6 million bond for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline through South Dakota. (Rapid City Journal)
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents set up camp in an old growth forest in Virginia that is in the line of pipeline construction. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: A South Carolina utility wants the state’s Supreme Court to rule on whether the state’s electric cooperatives — and their customers — should help pay for its failed nuclear project. (The State)

BIOFUELS: The EPA has consistently ignored Department of Energy recommendations to reject or limit waivers to oil refiners seeking exemptions from the nation’s biofuels law. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: Moody’s Investor Service downgrades its overall outlook of the U.S. utility sector for the first time since it began rating sectors. (Greentech Media)

PUBLIC LANDS:
• At least 20 new mining claims have been staked on land President Trump removed from national monuments late last year. (Huffington Post)
• A Utah congressman said Westerners are “screwed” because of federal environmental laws he says are slowing energy development. (The Hill)

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TECHNOLOGY: A San Francisco Bay area company plans to build the nation’s first ferry to run on hydrogen fuel cells. (San Francisco Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: New grid transparency tools improve distributed generation siting, says a regulatory program manager at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. (Utility Dive)

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