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EPA, while scrapping Clean Power Plan, finds it could have saved lives

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The U.S. EPA finds that the Clean Power Plan — which it wants to scrap under the Trump administration — could prevent up to 4,500 premature deaths per year by 2030. (Washington Post)

POLICY:
• A FERC review ordered by the Trump administration finds few regulatory barriers to energy production, with most issues involving hydropower. (Utility Dive)
• A critic of Scott Pruitt’s leadership of the EPA is demoted from her position as chair of an advisory board. (E&E News)

CLIMATE: Alaska’s governor signs an order to develop a climate plan for the state. (The Hill)

ELECTRIC CARS: Tesla delays full production of its new Model 3 into next year. (Los Angeles Times)

UTILITIES: The growth of energy-intensive marijuana growing operations poses new load and efficiency challenges for utilities. (Utility Dive)

WIND:
• Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says wind energy can help provide new job opportunities for former coal miners. (Pueblo Chieftain)
• A Missouri utility files plans for a $1.5 billion wind energy project — tripling its current wind portfolio — and also to eventually close a coal plant. (Joplin Globe)
• Wind energy set a new production record in New York earlier this week. (North American Windpower)

COAL:
• Some coal miners are deciding against retraining in other sectors because they are confident President Trump will fulfill promises of an industry comeback. (Reuters)
• A consortium led by Murray Energy buys Utah’s largest coal company. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Armstrong Energy, a western Kentucky coal company, is the first coal company to file for bankruptcy since Trump was elected president. (CNN Money)
• Texas regulators will allow a major coal plant to close, but delay a decision on two others. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR:
• Tesla says it will begin production of its new solar roof in Buffalo, New York by the end of this year. (Buffalo News)
• An Oregon agency reverses approval of a solar project that was planned on prime farmland. (Capital Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• A new analysis found that 94 percent of the waters off Virginia are vital to military operations that would conflict with offshore oil and gas development. (Daily Press)
A federal appeals court has upheld federal approvals of three projects to export liquefied natural gas. (Associated Press)
• Small oil producers in Oklahoma raise concerns about fracking’s risks to groundwater. (E&E News)

GRID:
• In a move to improve grid resiliency, Ameren Corp. last month joined more than two dozen other utilities in a program that shares critical transmission equipment in the wake of disasters. (Midwest Energy News)
• A recent forum in North Carolina explored ways the state’s military facilities can be incubators for advanced grid technology(Southeast Energy News)
• A new smartphone app in use in California aims to help customers cut peak demand. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
• The director of the Environmental Defense Fund calls President Trump’s efforts to revive the coal sector “a war on all Americans.” (Forbes)
• A Los Angeles Times editorial says proposed solar tariffs would harm American workers, not help them.

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