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Wind, solar will help power Permian Basin oil operations

OIL & GAS: Exxon will buy 500 MW of wind and solar power in the Permian Basin to help it produce crude oil, making it the largest renewable contract ever signed by an oil company. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
• The military’s push for solar power at bases like Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, loses steam under the Trump administration. (McClatchy DC)
• Chinese solar company JinkoSolar launches pilot production at its Jacksonville, Florida, manufacturing facility. (Jacksonville Daily Record)
Developers complete New Hampshire’s first solar project for mobile homes, which is expected to save households about $300 per year. (NHPR)

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STORAGE: A South Korean company plans to build a battery plant in Georgia, which will create 2,000 jobs. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California company that operates the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network raises $240 million, almost doubling its cash on hand. (Greentech Media)

WIND: New York officials discuss the future of the state’s offshore wind industry at a laborers’ summit. (RTO Insider)

CARBON:
At least seven states are considering legislation to put a price on carbon within the next year. (InsideClimate News)
Pennsylvania businesses, faith groups and local governments submit a petition calling on the state to adopt a cap-and-trade program. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
A Hawaii climate change commission backs legislation to establish a carbon tax aimed at lowering emissions from cars, trucks and buses. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

PIPELINES:
A federal judge allows preliminary work on the Keystone XL pipeline to continue while an order blocking construction is in effect. (Associated Press)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers still expect the project to be completed at the end of 2019 despite setbacks. (Reuters)
• Montana residents see the potential risks and benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline, currently is in limbo after a recent court ruling. (Great Falls Tribune)

COAL:
Coal ash sites at 22 Illinois coal plants have elevated groundwater contamination, according to a new report. (Energy News Network)
• A Republican tax bill would extend for another year the black lung fund tax coal companies pay to provide medical benefits for miners and their families. (WKMS)

OVERSIGHT: The Oklahoma governor’s pick for the state’s energy cabinet is supported by the oil and gas industry and worked under former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt at the EPA. (Journal Record)

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: California’s largest utility tells regulators it didn’t think high winds and dry conditions were bad enough to warrant shutting off power in the days leading up to the deadly Camp Fire. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE: Pennsylvania legislators meet to discuss potential climate change policies for the state. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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POLITICS:
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin offers to meet with environmental activists who want to stop him from leading Democrats on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (E&E News, subscription)
As the incoming chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, an Arizona congressman promises a different posture on climate change and public lands management than his Republican predecessor. (High Country News)
New Hampshire Democrats look to override the governor on clean energy policies, including an expansion of solar net metering and doubling the state’s renewable electricity standard. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY: Texas and Mexico should work together on renewable energy projects, an engineering professor says. (Dallas Morning News)

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