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West Texas oil boom polluting air and overwhelming communities

CORRECTION: An article linked in yesterday’s digest incorrectly stated that Minnesota was halfway to meeting its emissions reduction goal. The report cited in the article was specifically for state government facilities.

OIL & GAS: The West Texas oil boom is worsening air pollution and climate change and causing spikes in traffic accidents, rent and homelessness. (Texas Tribune)

ALSO:
• As the Trump administration rolls back rules for methane emissions, Wyoming proposes its own regulations, which some oil and gas companies support. (National Public Radio)
New Jersey sues the U.S. Department of the Interior for refusing to explain why it exempted Florida and not New Jersey from a Trump administration plan to expand offshore drilling. (Tribune News Service)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A coalition of environmental advocates and local businesses want Boston to electrify its public transit system. (Energy News Network)
A U.S. Senator from Wyoming introduces legislation to end the $7,500 tax incentive for electric vehicles and create a highway user fee for drivers of alternative fuel vehicles. (Roll Call)
One million electric vehicles have been sold in the United States, a small but significant milestone toward decarbonizing the transportation sector. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND:
The future of a massive wind farm planned for New Mexico depends on whether regulators approve the route of a transmission project. (RTO Insider)
Connecticut officials ramp up efforts on offshore wind energy now that the technology has matured and prices have come down. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces $40 million in funding to support commercial and industrial solar-plus-storage projects. (Energy Storage News)
• At least 35 programs nationwide have been created to try to provide affordable solar power to low-income residents. (OZY)

GRID: California regulators order the state’s investor-owned utilities to once again share grid maps with distributed energy providers. (Greentech Media)

BIOFUELS:
• Skeptics say President Trump’s plan to boost ethanol sales won’t have much impact on the industry or farmers since E15 sales are fairly small. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• University of Michigan researchers receive federal grant funding to separate oil from algae to create a viable diesel fuel blend. (Detroit Free Press)

HURRICANE MICHAEL:
• Hundreds of thousands of people are without power after Hurricane Michael, the strongest storm to ever hit the Florida panhandle, made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. (Orlando Sentinel)
• Gulf Power and Duke Energy are more vulnerable during this storm than they were during Hurricane Irma last year. (Utility Dive)
• The city of Coral Gables, Florida uses microgrids and smart technology to prepare for hurricanes. (Smart Cities Dive)

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CLIMATE: Local officials in Wisconsin say the latest United Nations report on climate change underscores the need for local action on clean energy. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• An Appalachian documentarian wrestles with the question: “If we can’t mine coal, what are we going to do?” (Huffington Post)
A local battle over a proposed solar farm in Massachusetts is emblematic of the environmental trade-offs that go along with solar adoption, says a columnist. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

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