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COAL: Environmental groups urge a judge in Blackjewel’s bankruptcy case to prioritize environmental cleanup, citing more than 400 violations at the company’s mines and raising questions about reclamation costs. (Ohio Valley Resource)

ALSO:
• Robert Murray, former CEO of now-bankrupt Murray Energy, gave himself and other executives millions in bonuses and earmarked $1 million for climate change denial groups, according to court filings. (New York Times)
• Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a supporter of mountaintop removal mining in the past, says he’s changed his mind about the practice. (Bloomberg Environment)

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TRANSPORTATION: A coalition of states including Virginia releases a draft plan for an ambitious cap-and-trade program aimed at curbing tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and other forms of transportation. (New York Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Virginia orders 50 zero-emission electric school buses, and Dominion Energy plans to set up charging stations. (Engadget) 

RENEWABLES: Texas’ rapidly growing renewable portfolio is raising concerns among energy experts about grid reliability. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• Solar developers look at Henderson, Kentucky, as a potential site for a large-scale solar farm. (The Gleaner)
• A solar cooperative launches in Dallas to help residents and business owners afford solar panel installations. (Culture Map Dallas)
• A Kentucky utility partners with Habitat for Humanity to give solar credits to 10 eligible low-income families throughout the state. (WAVE 3)
• Developers hope a 1 MW solar project being built off a Georgia highway exit can be a model in the Southeast. (LaGrange News)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. regulators say the lack of an effective safety management system at a West Virginia natural gas plant caused explosions that killed three workers. (Bloomberg Environment)
• A Swiss energy company plans to open a Gulf Coast crude oil storage facility next year that could become a trading hub for shale oil. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: Pipeline developers are holding three public meetings in Texas about a pipeline project that would move natural gas from the Permian Basin to Corpus Christi. (San Antonio Express-News)

UTILITIES: Despite a new study that suggests TVA could see major rate hikes, the utility’s president says it will likely avoid raising electricity costs through 2028. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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