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COAL: A preliminary analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists says power plant “self-committing” by utilities is driving up costs for customers. (Platts)

ALSO:
An analysis of satellite images shows how parts of West Virginia with the most strip mining damage are also the most susceptible to increased stream flow and flooding. (InsideClimate News)
• An immigrant who survived the Chernobyl disaster now faces a yearslong attempt to clean coal ash contamination at his property in northwestern Indiana. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)
• America’s demand for coal drops to a new low as renewable energy sources threaten to overtake its remaining market share in the coming years. (The Hill)

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NATURAL GAS:
• A Massachusetts city becomes the first in the state to ban the installation of oil and gas pipes in new buildings. (Boston Globe)
• A scientist from Johns Hopkins University tells a Pittsburgh conference that fracking should be banned because of its impact on health and climate change. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

EFFICIENCY:
• A new study finds that energy efficiency could help utilities meet peak demand at a low cost compared to other resources. (Utility Dive)
• The Trump administration unveils a proposal to weaken energy efficiency standards for dishwashers that wash and dry in under an hour. (The Hill)
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., plans to introduce a $1.2 trillion bill that would build 9.5 million new high-efficiency public housing units. (HuffPost)
• In New York City, offices and residential building owners will be required to start posting energy efficiency letter grades next year. (New York Times)

SOLAR:
• Utility-scale solar is set to eclipse on-site installations in the U.S. corporate renewables market, according to Wood Mackenzie research. (Greentech Media)
• “Not In My Backyard” opposition to large-scale solar projects becomes more common as more projects surface. (City Lab)
Minnesota regulators, solar companies, and Xcel Energy reach a compromise on calculating the “value of solar” for new community solar projects. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY: A growing movement to create energy districts in Iowa seeks to empower residents to provide their own power locally. (Energy News Network)

GRID: Seven U.S. senators from New England write to the region’s power grid operator to say it hasn’t done enough to transition to clean energy and accommodate state policies that encourage the changes. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King says pipelines are vulnerable to cyber attacks and should be subject to the same security standards as the power grid. (Bloomberg)

JUSTICE: Residents demand North Carolina’s environmental justice advisory board do more to protect low-income communities of color from polluting industries like pipelines and coal ash. (Charlotte Observer)

TRANSPORTATION: Clean air advocates and electric vehicle drivers turn out for a public hearing in North Minneapolis to support proposed statewide rules to reduce transportation emissions. (North News/Energy News Network)

PUBLIC LANDS: Some experts fear the underlying motive of the Bureau of Land Management’s relocation to Colorado is to weaken the agency’s effectiveness, threatening public lands, science, and the climate. (The Revelator)

NUCLEAR: The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously votes to restart the licensing process for Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. (Nevada Appeal)

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POLITICS:
• Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren raise the prospect of criminal prosecutions against fossil fuel executives. (Vox)
• At Wednesday night’s debate, Joe Biden criticizes Tom Steyer’s coal-mining investments after the billionaire promised climate action. (Los Angeles Times)
• Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Richard Glick says he hopes the body can someday return to working as “a nonpartisan entity.” (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
Grid-interactive efficient buildings will be critical to the grid of the future, and utilities that lead the way could benefit greatly, a researchers writes. (ACEEE)
Many military veterans wanting to continue protecting national security are finding a new mission in the energy industry, a Navy veteran and an engineer write. (Energy News Network)

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