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Automakers help chart path to cutting transportation energy use

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TRANSPORTATION: A diverse group of transportation companies and public stakeholders unveil a new initiative to reduce energy used in transportation 50 percent by 2050. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: At a public hearing near Detroit, speakers ranging from auto executives to environmentalists criticized the Trump administration’s plan to roll back fuel economy standards. (E&E News, subscription)

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California regulators consider increasing rebates for electric vehicles to $4,500 as customers face the potential loss of federal tax credits. (Bloomberg)
A California company uses its network of 10,000 electric vehicle charging stations as a demand response resource in the state’s day-ahead markets. (Greentech Media)

Storage industry officials say California’s goal of getting all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045 is “100 percent doable.” (Energy Storage News)
Massachusetts’ largest utility-scale energy storage system is connected to a 5.8 MW community solar farm near Boston. (S&P Global)

• A Washington plant that makes a key material in solar panels isn’t closing despite the simmering U.S.-China trade war, company officials say. (Greentech Media)
• The Solar Energy Industry Association’s CEO discusses the strong outlook for the U.S. solar sector and how storage will play an increasing role. (CleanTechnica)

A federal appeals court halts work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on national forest land in Virginia and West Virginia, but Dominion Energy says it doesn’t expect it to delay construction. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Reuters)
Environmental and tribal groups ask Minnesota regulators to reconsider their approval of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement. (Associated Press)

• More than two dozen explosions happened along pipelines owned by Atmos Energy in Texas, an investigation shows. (Dallas Morning News)
• A study finds a technique used by oil and gas companies to avoid unleashing earthquakes may actually create powerful tremors. (Scientific American)
• A major oil company declines to join industry opposition to a proposed carbon fee in Washington. (Axios)

NUCLEAR: Vogtle nuclear power plant owners still haven’t decided how to keep the project alive, and the owners are airing disagreements publicly. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

BIOFUELS: A study shows an escalating trade dispute with China could cost Iowa’s economy up to $2 billion and harm its ethanol industry. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COAL: West Virginia coal miners go to Washington D.C. to lobby Congress to protect the pensions of miners and other workers. (WTRF)

UTILITIES: A Michigan utility says it may have to withdraw a long-term plan to retire coal and add solar amid a dispute over PURPA contracts. (Energy News Network)

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OHIO: The Green Energy Ohio Tour this weekend features clean energy projects at approximately 100 sites across the state. (Energy News Network)

A researcher says it’s a common misconception that those aligned with the political left are more in favor of renewable energy. (Forbes)
New York City needs to make it worthwhile for building owners to install rooftop solar, according to an editorial in Crain’s New York Business.

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