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As states expand electric vehicle charging, who should pay?

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Multiple states are grappling with the role utilities should have in developing electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Wall Street Journal)

ALSO:
• General Motors rebrands a Detroit auto factory to reflect growth in electric vehicle production. (Detroit News)
• New Jersey’s road map for clean energy conversion calls for 100% of new cars sold to be electric by 2035. (E&E News, subscription required)

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OVERSIGHT:
An EPA rule allowing coal ash to be stored in unlined pits may violate a court order. (The Hill)
The EPA says a new draft rule requiring coal plants to cut ozone-causing emissions reflects “its commitment to improving air quality,” but the decision is coming after pressure from federal courts. (E&E News, subscription required)

UTILITIES:
A media investigation finds that most of PG&E’s emergency operations center staff handling blackouts lacked training in California’s disaster response playbook. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: A Utah energy cooperative is awarded $1.4 billion by the Department of Energy to help build a dozen small nuclear reactors in eastern Idaho. (Associated Press)

COAL: Conservation advocates allege that several former Blackjewel coal mines have become serious environmental liabilities and are at risk of not being cleaned up. (Casper Star-Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• An ongoing federal criminal probe and numerous fines by state environmental regulators roil the $3 billion Mariner East pipeline in Pennsylvania. (E&E News, subscription required)
Mountain Valley Pipeline construction is back off again after a federal court placed a stay on the project crossing streams in Virginia and West Virginia. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS: Michigan environmental groups are at odds over a ballot proposal that aims to boost spending on state park improvements using funding from fossil fuel extraction. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE: A Louisiana company plans to store up to 80 million tons of greenhouse gases from industrial plants in an underground repository. (New Orleans Advocate)

GRID:
• Iowa utility officials consider ways to boost grid resilience after this summer’s derecho storm, including microgrids and improved distribution lines. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Gas generators ask federal regulators to apply rules to New York’s wholesale market similar to the ruling that led to a capacity market overhaul in PJM that critics say inhibits clean energy development. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Ameren Illinois files a new tariff that would continue to fully compensate new rooftop solar customers for power sent back to the grid if regulators determine the utility’s net metering calculation should remain. (Solar Power World)

CLEAN ENERGY: A group of physicians joins calls to repeal HB 6, which subsidizes two 1950s-era coal plants and gutted the state’s clean energy standards. (Energy News Network)

POLITICS:
Climate change and clean energy fall to the back burner in Minnesota campaigns as candidates focus on issues related to the pandemic and policing. (Energy News Network)
Scientists say the upcoming U.S. presidential election will have major ramifications on the global climate change fight. (BBC)
While Joe Biden has pledged to not ban fracking, his proposed energy policies will significantly curtail natural gas use. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY:
A Los Angeles Times editorial says requiring new buildings to be all-electric is an easy step toward fighting climate change.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham say they are setting an example of what responsible clean air and climate policy should look like for other states and the nation. (The Hill)
The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting efforts to improve energy efficiency in multiple ways. (Axios)

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