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Wind industry worried about supply chain bottlenecks

WIND: A renewable energy developer warns of wind project supply chain bottlenecks as companies race to qualify for an expiring federal tax credit. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: New England’s grid operator has more offshore wind in its generator interconnection queue than gas. (S&P Global)

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PIPELINES:
• Critics of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam see a parallel between a racist photo in his medical school yearbook and his actions on an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in a predominantly black neighborhood. (Daily Progress)
• Dominion Energy says the cost of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has risen above $7 billion and that it won’t be completed until 2021. (Reuters)
The Trump administration appeals a federal court ruling blocking a construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• Technical innovation, investment and lots of oil-rich shale have allowed the Permian Basin to thrive during the boom-and-bust cycle of the oil economy. (New York Times)
• Oklahoma needs more restrictions on oil field waste disposal to stop human-caused earthquakes, a new study suggests. (E&E News, subscription)

EMISSIONS:
• Virginia could steer the direction of a regional climate initiative with emissions-reducing transportation projects. (Energy News Network)
• A top Justice Department attorney who helped defend President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is leaving for a job in private practice. (E&E News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Electric vehicles can’t do it alone: A recent report says low-polluting biofuels will need to play a role in reducing carbon emissions from transportation. (Energy News Network)
• Wealthy, white older men buy more electric vehicles than anyone else in California. (Forbes)
• “Not everybody lives in California.” Tesla Model 3 owners during the polar vortex complain about frozen door handles. (Quartz)

NUCLEAR:
A New Jersey utility does not need ratepayer subsidies to keep the state’s last operating nuclear plants open, according to a new report. (NJ Spotlight)
• U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who entered the presidential race last week, stands out for his support of nuclear power. (Grist)

COAL: Coal mine employment hit a record low in 2018, despite President Trump’s promises to bring back coal. (Ohio Valley Resource)

RENEWABLES: Corporate interest in renewable energy agreements isn’t likely to wane as federal tax credits expire, analysts say. (E&E News, subscription)

POLLUTION: The multi-state agency in charge of setting pollution standards for the Ohio River faces a push to end its core mission. (Energy News Network)

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GREEN JOBS: A Portland affordable housing project that’s providing economic opportunities for local residents looks like a national model for the Green New Deal. (High Country News)

COMMENTARY:
• Budweiser touts wind power and a green image in its Super Bowl ad while simultaneously aligning itself with anti-environmental groups. (New Republic)
• A Green New Deal must not sabotage climate goals by excluding zero-emission technologies such as nuclear, biomass, hydro and waste-to-energy, an environmental scientist writes. (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

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