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‘We’re going to do what it takes’: Utilities continue push to cut emissions

UTILITIES: Despite inaction at the federal level, U.S. utility executives continue to push for steep cuts in carbon emissions and boosting renewables. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
• Researchers say communities of color have less access to solar power regardless of their income. (Scientific American)
An Idaho utility that recently announced a plan to wean itself off coal has reached an agreement to buy solar energy at some of the lowest prices seen in the U.S. so far. (Greentech Media)

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CLIMATE: A Florida Republican congressman introduces a counterproposal to the Green New Deal, saying “History will judge harshly my Republican colleagues who deny the science of climate change.” (The Hill)

WIND:
• U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa calls President’s Trump’s recent comments linking wind turbines and cancer “idiotic.” (KCCI)
• Trump made a series of false and misleading claims about the industry during his speech. (New York Times)
• A bipartisan group of U.S. senators push for more federal funding of wind energy, calling it an “American success story.” (Washington Post)

PIPELINES: An economic advisor says President Trump will soon sign an executive order that would ease construction of natural gas pipelines and liquified natural gas terminals, though it’s not clear how the administration plans to override state authority. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR:
• A second bill to save nuclear plants through ratepayer subsidies has been introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate. (Pennlive)
• Subsidies paid to upstate New York nuclear plants are higher than predicted due to lower that expected power prices. (Syracuse Post-Standard)

COAL:
• West Virginia tries to incentivize coal companies to open more mines, but a company that produces metallurgic coal for steel isn’t convinced. (Bloomberg)
• Red spruce are being planted on top of a former West Virginia coal mine in order to rehabilitate the site. (E&E News)
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to pressure an Arizona water utility into buying power from a coal plant. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• Four Texas counties with regulated utilities are installing solar at higher rates than the rest of the state. (Houston Chronicle)
• Oklahoma has the sixth highest potential for solar in the nation, but is among the worst in adding capacity. (KGOU)

OIL AND GAS:
Environmental groups asks a federal appellate court to review a permit for waste disposal from fracking in the Gulf of Mexico. (E&E News, subscription)
Producers seek new markets abroad as the U.S. sees an oversupply of frac sand. (Bloomberg)

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WIND: Teams from two Virginia colleges will compete in a national wind energy competition, raising the profile of a region that has lagged the rest of the country. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY:
• The Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center says attempts to weaken mercury and air toxics standards are bad for business. (The Hill)
• New research shows an electric vehicle infrastructure gap as 88 of the top 100 U.S. cities lack the number of charging stations needed to support expected EV deployment. (Forbes)
• New research suggests that men’s insecurity about their masculinity can lead to choices that are damaging to the environment. (Forbes)

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