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Analysis: Uber, Lyft lead to more emissions than alternatives

TRANSPORTATION: Uber and Lyft emit nearly 70% more carbon dioxide than the transportation forms they displace because of the miles the vehicles travel between hired rides, according to a new analysis. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
Michigan’s governor creates an office of “future mobility and electrification” and a chief mobility officer position. (Michigan Radio)
The U.S. Senate’s $287 billion transportation bill for the first time ever contains a section on climate that calls for new funding for transit. (E&E News, subscription)

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EFFICIENCY:
Environmental and consumer protection groups sue the Department of Energy over its move to rollback lighting efficiency standards. (The Hill)
Opposition to voluntary building codes by homebuilders is threatening to derail a bipartisan energy package in the U.S. Senate. (E&E News, subscription)
A western Kentucky elementary school is the second-most efficient in the nation, according to an engineering firm. (WNKY)

SOLAR:
A recent report says Midwest utilities could do more to help low-income and marginalized communities benefit from solar energy. (Energy News Network)
Charlotte, North Carolina, becomes the most populous U.S. city to get renewable energy through a utility “green tariff.” (Charlotte Observer)
Tire producer Bridgestone files a complaint against Dominion Energy, alleging it delayed a 2 MW solar project at its South Carolina factory. (Post and Courier)

STORAGE: Residential solar company Sunnova saw a surge in customers buying energy storage in the fourth quarter, the company tells investors. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
Wind surpassed hydropower as the most-used renewable electricity source in the U.S. last year. (Today in Energy)
A NextEra Energy manager says Oklahoma is the company’s most important state because of its wind energy investments there. (Enid News & Eagle)
• A Colorado expert says better design could make wind turbine blades easier to recycle. (Colorado Sun)

OIL & GAS:
• JPMorgan Chase is seeking permission to block shareholders from forcing it to reveal its exposure to climate risk and commit to more climate action. (Drilled)
• New York City’s proposed ban of fossil fuels in buildings would likely be phased in with restrictions starting in municipal properties. (S&P Global)
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio says he is confident the Trump administration will ban oil and gas drilling off the coast of Florida. (Reuters)

TRANSMISSION: Experts say distributed solar and storage could provide resilience and address transmission congestion in Western states. (Utility Dive)

ACTIVISM: Students at more than a dozen Massachusetts campuses, including all four in the state university system, are leading an effort to promote 100% renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

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CLIMATE: Despite numerous concessions, Oregon House Republicans join their Senate colleagues in a walkout over climate legislation, with one Democratic leader saying “nothing will ever be enough for them.” (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
“I got mad.” Journalist Emily Atkin offers a line-by-line response to the Washington Post’s pro-oil, anti-Sanders climate op-ed. (Heated)
BP’s climate plan does not add up to net-zero and will only address some, not all, of its Scope 3 emissions, a columnist writes. (Bloomberg)
• Proposed changes to the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act could create uncertainty for renewable developers, an attorney says. (Utility Dive)

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