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As Trump rolls back fuel efficiency standards, are light bulbs next?

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration today will propose weakening Obama-era federal fuel efficiency standards. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: Energy efficiency advocates fear the Trump administration may roll back light bulb standards. (Utility Dive)

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GRID:
• Honda rolls out a demand response charging program for southern California drivers of its Fit electric vehicle. (Utility Dive)
A Maine utility makes its smart-meter network less vulnerable to power outages by wiring key devices for backup generators. (Portland Press Herald)

RENEWABLES:
• Community choice aggregators in California are delivering renewable energy cheaper and faster than utilities can, a new report shows. (Forbes)
• Global wind and solar developers have installed their first trillion watts of generation capacity, according to BloombergNEF. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
• Some members of the Navajo Nation are getting electricity for the first time as a result of the expansion of solar energy on tribal lands. (PBS News Hour)
New solar projects are popping up all over Maine, despite state policies that are unfriendly to solar development. (Bangor Daily News)
Tesla has two years to fulfill a promise to create 1,460 jobs through its new solar panel factory in Buffalo, New York. (The Buffalo News)
• Foxconn and WEC Energy discuss the potential for a major solar project at the company’s Wisconsin factory. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WIND: A wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard is expected to save ratepayers about $1.4 billion over 20 years. (Bloomberg)

TRANSMISSION: An exhibit in New Hampshire will chronicle opposition to the 192-mile Northern Pass transmission line, which would bring Canadian hydroelectric power to New England’s power grid. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power halts construction at the Vogtle nuclear plant to review safety standards. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: U.S. exports of coal used for power are set to hit a record this year, with India being the biggest buyer. (Bloomberg)

HYDROPOWER: The BLM approves a $2.5 billion hydropower plant outside California’s Joshua Tree National Park. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court upholds Virginia’s water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, rejecting environmental groups’ claims. (Roanoke Times)
• Two chapters of the NAACP call for a halt to construction on the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines in Virginia. (WHSV)

OIL AND GAS: Residents of an Alaskan village in the state’s most prolific oil region worry about their health as drilling ramps up. (InsideClimate News/San Francisco Chronicle)

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POLITICS:
• Registered Democrats make up the bulk of petition signatures to put former coal executive Don Blankenship on the U.S. Senate ballot in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• An anti-fracking candidate for Colorado governor has so far not been targeted by the oil industry, and observers say it’s because he can afford to fight back. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: The New York Times Magazine lets Republicans and the fossil-fuel industry off the hook in its big story on society’s failure to address climate change, writes Robinson Meyer. (The Atlantic)

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