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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)

ALSO:
• 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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SOLAR:
• 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)

POLICY:
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) 

NUCLEAR:
• 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)

COAL:
• 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)

PIPELINES:
• 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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