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White House outlines vision for major offshore wind expansion

WIND: The federal government releases a plan to generate 86 gigawatts of electricity from off-shore wind by 2050, which includes farms off nearly every U.S. coastline. (Climate Central)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: With a U.S. Court of Appeals hearing on the Clean Power Plan two weeks away, energy groups are holding events and reviewing power-sector data. (E&E Publishing)

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NUCLEAR:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for a minimum bid of $36.4 million for an unfinished nuclear power plant in northeastern Alabama that took more than 40 years and $5 billion to build. (Associated Press)
• A pro-nuclear group says the California Public Utilities Commission “is in a crisis of legitimacy” and should not decide on a proposal that would lead to the shutdown of the state’s last nuclear power plant. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

COAL:
• The U.S.’s aging coal fleet will be a major driver of coal retirements through 2020, experts say. (SNL)
• Residents of a Montana town plead for state support to offset the economic impacts of a plant closure there. (Missoulian)

PIPELINES:
• Observers say the federal government’s involvement in calling for the Dakota Access pipeline developer to halt construction in a key portion of the project is unprecedented. (Associated Press)
• Delays on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline could put oil producers and shippers at risk, leaving them without a quick route to deliver crude from North Dakota to refineries on the Gulf Coast. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS:
• Fracking creates an ecosystem of microbes some 1.5 miles underground that can remain for at least a year after drilling is completed, according to a new study. (Ars Technica)
• The state-owned Alaska Railroad Corp. will become the first railroad in the country to ship liquefied natural gas. (Alaska Dispatch News)
• More than 6,000 gallons of oily water have been recovered after an excavating marsh buggy accidentally cut through a pipeline near Louisiana’s Bay Long, covering hundreds of birds in crude. (Times-Picayune)
• The Department of Energy awards $13 million in grant funding to 12 research groups to advance natural gas infrastructure research, including a Pittsburgh-based project to limit methane emissions from pipelines and storage facilities. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

EMISSIONS: An engineer pleads guilty to helping develop software that Volkswagen used to cheat pollution tests, marking the first criminal charges against the German automaker in the U.S. (New York Times)

BIOFUEL: United Airlines is using biofuel along with traditional jet fuel to power flights out of Los Angeles. (Yale Climate Connections)

UTILITIES:
• Some attendees raise objections about a prominent climate denier’s appearance at a recent utility conference in New York. (InsideClimate News)
• A natural gas company in Maine asks the state’s Public Utilities Commission to raise the price of gas by 154 percent, drawing protest from customers. (Portland Press Herald)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: A Michigan firm makes existing windows more efficient by using a polymer pane that can be customized to fit any frame. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• A Japanese solar inverter company is spending $300 million to help finance solar-plus-storage systems in 17 states. (Greentech Media)
• A growing number of farmers in North Carolina are leasing their land to solar developers, causing neighbors to complain about aesthetics and possible environmental impacts. (Coastal Review Online)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A one-seat electric vehicle with three wheels could be on U.S. roads later this year. (Associated Press)
• A new $130,000 car by California-based Karma Automotive will use electricity, gas and solar power. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY:We need certainty on policy” for solar power to advance in New Hampshire. (Concord Monitor)

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