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Wisconsin, North Carolina governors push to cut emissions

EMISSIONS:
• Under a draft plan released by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration, North Carolina would cap carbon emissions from power plants and accelerate coal-fired plant closures. (WRAL)
• Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signs an executive order creating a sustainability and clean energy office to work on a statewide carbon-free power goal by 2050. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Colorado regulators approve a new standard requiring 5% of the state’s vehicles available for sale to be electric by 2023. (Denver Post)

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COAL:
• A Navajo company emerges as the winning bidder to take over three of bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy’s coal mines in the Powder River Basin. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Farmington, New Mexico’s city council unanimously approves transferring 95 percent of the San Juan Generating Station to a company that has pledged to build a carbon capture system, as a state lawmaker seeks to impeach state regulators over implementation of a new state law impacting the plant. (Associated Press, Utility Dive)
• Clean energy experts say economics keep moving in a direction that favors natural gas and renewables over large coal plants. (E&E News)
• After three weeks, Kentucky miners continue to block a major highway demanding pay they are owed from a bankrupt coal company. (New York Times)

SOLAR:
• Tesla is offering homeowners in six states including California, Arizona, and New Mexico the opportunity to rent to rent rooftop solar systems for as little as $50 per month. (Associated Press)
Purdue University researchers investigate the potential for solar energy on farmland to benefit crops. (Indiana Public Media)

WIND:
• The Trump administration has ordered a more robust review that will delay the proposed Vineyard Wind project at the same time it is expediting fossil fuel energy projects. (InsideClimate News)
• New wind energy projects under development could help Wyoming’s fiscal crisis as the state struggles from declining fossil fuel revenues. (Casper Star Tribune)

GRID: California was hotter than Texas last week, but Texas had the higher electricity prices, in part because of its isolated grid and lower solar capacity. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES:
Industry experts say a Trump administration move to limit state efforts to block pipelines using water quality reviews is unlikely to boost stalled projects. (Platts)
• Oil companies have persuaded lawmakers in several states to make pipeline protesting a felony. (Bloomberg) 

OIL & GAS:
Workers of a petrochemical plant in Pennsylvania that President Trump toured last week were told they would not be paid or would have to use paid time off if they did not attend the event. (WHYY)
New Mexico is expecting a major budget surplus as revenues from oil and gas production surge, as Colorado expects revenue to slow. (Albuquerque Journal, Denver Post)
An Arizona study finds fracking has less impact on groundwater than conventional drilling methods. (news release)

EFFICIENCY: Florida Power & Light’s energy efficiency program has helped less than 1% of households cut energy use, and even fewer people who qualify for its low-income program. (Sun Sentinel)

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CLIMATE: Tribal leaders in Wyoming meet with Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse to discuss climate change. (Wyoming Public Media)

COMMENTARY:
A Louisiana environmental writer says Republicans are softening their views on climate change. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
More states are siding with California in its fight with the Trump administration over vehicle emissions. (ThinkProgress)

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