U.S. Energy News

Amazon says it will make half of shipments carbon neutral by 2030

COAL: Tennessee Valley Authority issues a draft operating plan that calls for a shift from coal to natural gas and distributed generation as the electricity sector evolves in the Southeast. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: Amazon announces plans to make half of all its shipments carbon neutral by 2030, perhaps to distract from a recent Greenpeace report on the environmental impact of its data centers. (Associated Press, TechCrunch)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Optimism grows in a southern Illinois city that electric pickup truck startup Rivian will repurpose a shuttered auto factory. (Chicago Tribune)
An electric car startup is preparing to break ground on a $700 million factory in Arizona. (Arizona Republic)

SOLAR:
As Maine becomes more friendly to clean energy, advocates seek to repeal solar rules they describe as “fundamentally unjust.” (Energy News Network)
• Ameren Missouri reports strong interest in its first community solar project and starts a waitlist for future solar purchases. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Two Pennsylvania companies use blockchain technology to share energy from a solar installation. (GreenBiz)

WIND: Two controversial wind energy bills are introduced in Oklahoma: one that would end tax credits for some facilities, and another that would create a new tax on wind projects. (KOCO)

GRID: California will soon join Colorado and Arizona in adopting “time of use” energy pricing. (Stateline/Pew Charitable Trusts)

ACTIVISM: A Massachusetts nonprofit launches a program to train campus advocates pushing for divestment of fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH: Two bills in North Carolina requiring Dominion Energy to clean up 28 million tons of coal ash at four sites head to the governor’s desk for approval. (Roanoke Star)

CLIMATE: California provides a template for how many of the policy proposals in the Green New Deal might be implemented. (Los Angeles Magazine)

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MEDIA: A nonprofit’s analysis finds that women and people of color are underrepresented in media coverage of renewable energy. (Public News Service)

COMMENTARY:
• Illinois’ clean energy gains are in jeopardy without further investment and a focus on transportation, the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board writes.
• Arizona has much to work through to be ready for the coming electric vehicle transition, says an Arizona Republic opinion writer.

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