Trump’s infrastructure plan includes boost to wind project

WIND: President Trump’s infrastructure spending plan includes a boost to the Plains and Eastern transmission project to move wind power from Oklahoma to load centers in Tennessee. (Utility Dive/McClatchy)

POLICY:
• The leader of President Trump’s EPA transition team calls for slashing staffing by two-thirds to about 5,000. (Greenwire)
• As the communications blackout order from the Trump administration spreads, employees at the Department of Energy say they’ve been instructed not to communicate about their work via social media. (ThinkProgress)
• Reports on climate change disappear from the State Department web site. (Washington Post)

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NUCLEAR:
• The new private owner of the licensed but incomplete Bellefonte nuclear plant in Alabama claims it could have advanced reactors operating by 2028 with government incentives and a $13 billion investment.

Trump seeks to expedite approval of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

PIPELINES:
• President Trump signs an order to expedite approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and 49 other “infrastructure” projects. (Progressive Pulse)
• With a new poll, the developer of the Mountain Valley Pipeline claims it has broad support beyond the governors of Virginia and West Virginia. (press release)

NUCLEAR:
• Unlike much of the rest of the country, utilities in the Southeast are adding new reactors or extending their useful lives with support from lawmakers and regulators. (Southeast Energy News)
• The House approves a bill to bolster research on advanced reactors. (World Nuclear News)

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CLIMATE:
• The Trump administration backs off from deleting climate data from the EPA’s web site but appointees move to oversee its scientific communications.