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Wind turbines keep getting bigger, stronger, cheaper

WIND: A U.S. Department of Energy analysis of wind energy technology trends shows “robust” capacity additions and lower prices than ever as the industry moves to bigger and more powerful turbine designs. (Axios)

• Six offshore wind farms globally are the size of small nuclear power plants, and the trend is for them to continue to get larger. (Greentech Media)
• A permitting delay for Massachusetts’ Vineyard Wind project threatens its access to crucial federal tax credits that are expiring. (Boston Globe)

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• Maryland’s ambitious renewables goal could bring acres of solar farms to the state; a task force is trying to figure out where they should go. (Washington Post)
• Solar interest among Catholic parishes, schools and missions surges following a recent deal in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. (Great Lakes Echo)

Seattle passes city-level Green New Deal, a nonbinding resolution that lays out an ambitious plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. (InsideClimate News)
• Environmental groups join the lawsuit against the Trump administration’s attempt to overturn the Clean Power Plan. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Iowa’s Democratic attorney general says Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds blocked him from joining the lawsuit. (Associated Press)

POWER PLANTS: Some Texas energy industry experts make the case for building more power plants to meet energy demand. (Bloomberg) 

• A proposal to store nuclear waste at a site in the Permian Basin moves forward as opponents worry about its impact on oil and gas drilling. (Wall Street Journal)
• The plant where the worst U.S. nuclear accident occurred is set to close next month while a second unit at the same facility is threatened by modern energy economics. (Bloomberg)

• Fidelity Investments wins its court battle with the IRS over its pursuit of tax credits for investing in chemically treated coal. (Reuters)
• North Carolina residents raise concerns about their drinking water, which has been contaminated by coal ash. (PBS)

FINANCE: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration explores a possible alliance with the New York Green Bank to help finance clean energy projects in the state. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS: A judge bars the Trump administration from following the recommendations of an energy advisory panel that formed to help remove barriers to drilling and mining on public lands. (Associated Press)

• The question of who owns the Appalachian Trail could help determine the fate of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (The American Prospect)
• Environmental and indigenous groups push Democratic presidential candidates to sign a campaign pledge to stop construction on the Keystone XL pipeline. (E&E News, subscription)
• Federal regulators find unsafe construction practices at work sites on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia. (E&E News, subscription) 

BIOGAS: A mini sewage treatment system developed by a University of South Florida researcher removes nutrients and collects renewable biogas. (WTVT-TV)

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UTILITIES: Pacific Gas & Electric, blamed for some of California’s most devastating recent wildfires, failed to clear thousands of trees that posed a threat to power lines, according to a report submitted to a federal judge. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Corn states continue to fume over the Trump administration’s waivers exempting oil refiners from renewable fuel requirements. (E&E News)

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