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Protesters ridicule Trump team for promoting fossil fuels at climate talks

CLIMATE: A Trump administration presentation in support of fossil fuels and nuclear energy is delayed and mocked by demonstrators at a U.N. climate conference in Germany. (New York Times)

POLICY:
• Evidence is mounting that a controversial Department of Energy proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear plants was taken from an industry playbook, with coal company CEO Robert Murray wielding particular influence. (Greentech Media)
• Attendees of an “America first” energy conference in Houston say the Trump administration hasn’t done enough to reverse federal climate policies and regulations. (Washington Post)

ADVOCACY: Inspired by actions in Portland, towns in the Pacific Northwest are trying to adopt zoning codes that prohibit the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure. (ThinkProgress)

SOLAR:
• By integrating battery storage into its business strategy, Sunrun is one of the few residential solar installers that’s both expanding and turning a profit. (Greentech Media)
• A power company is using solar power to help maintain steady voltage to more than a dozen rural farm and ranching customers in Idaho. (Associated Press)
• A Virginia-based charity and other groups are working to bring solar power to hurricane-ravaged areas of the Caribbean in a venture called Solar Saves Lives. (Associated Press)
• Schools in Minnesota are increasingly investing in solar energy by installing arrays owned by third parties or subscribing to community solar gardens. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Colorado’s wind industry is nervous about pending projects totaling $1.1 billion, as the House and Senate debate over whether to alter renewable energy tax credits. (Denver Post)

TECHNOLOGY: A Danish wind systems developer wants to pair batteries with individual turbines to reduce power fluctuations, which could prove useful in the U.S. (Greentech Media)

MICROGRIDS: A professor at the University of Pittsburgh wants to develop a network of wind- and solar-powered microgrids throughout the city. (NPR)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Workers file another class-action lawsuit against Tesla, saying the company ignored complaints of racial slurs in the workplace. (Reuters)

POLLUTION: A woman is suing the city of Colorado Springs for allegedly damaging her reputation after she spoke to the media about pollution from a city-owned power plant. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Emails and other documents show officials at Duke Energy edited reports related to the impact of coal ash ponds on groundwater, though Duke says inaccurate conclusions are being made. (WBTV)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge releases a report on coating gaps on the Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, which Gov. Rick Snyder calls “deeply concerning.” (MLive)
• InsideClimate News talks with former Standing Rock Sioux leader Dave Archambault about the tribe’s effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

GRID: Illinois ranks second in the country in a national assessment of how states are modernizing their electricity transmission and distribution systems. (Midwest Energy News)

COMMENTARY:
• Most Americans strongly support the Paris climate agreement, and President Trump’s actions have galvanized state and local leaders to take bold actions to combat global warming, says the governor of California and former mayor of New York. (New York Times) 
• There is overwhelming evidence that natural gas has no climate benefits, and potent methane leaks could make climate change worse, says a writer for ThinkProgress.

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