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TRANSPORTATION: California’s government will stop purchases of new vehicles from automakers that backed stripping the state of its authority to regulate tailpipe emissions. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Lyft adds 200 long-range electric vehicles into its Denver, Colorado rental program, the largest EV deployment in the state’s history. (Utility Dive)
• General Motors realigns the composition of its workforce to focus more on electric and self-driving vehicles. (Detroit Free Press)

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ELECTRIFICATION: Advocates for building electrification in Colorado are focusing on comfort, rather than climate benefits, in trying to persuade buyers. (Energy New Network)

PIPELINES:
The Keystone pipeline spill has affected nearly 10 times more land in eastern North Dakota than originally estimated. (The Hill)
• U.S. House Democrats call on the Government Accountability Office to investigate whether the Keystone pipeline’s owner was meeting safety requirements. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOENERGY:
• A Vermont utility says demand for renewable natural gas is exceeding its supply, and it hopes to see more local production. (Energy News Network)
• Republican lawmakers representing rural Wisconsin districts say President Trump isn’t holding up his promise to support the biofuels industry. (Wisconsin State Journal)

OIL & GAS:
The endangered greater sage grouse is slowing the Trump administration’s plans for oil development on Western federal lands. (Washington Post)
Approval of drilling and fracking permits have increased in California since Gov. Gavin Newsom took office in January, but it’s unclear why. (MSN)
A West Virginia official says a global oversupply of natural gas is causing the state’s natural gas and coal revenues to plunge. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COAL: Arizona’s coal-fired Navajo Generating Station officially closed yesterday, as Navajo groups call for a return to traditional tribal law and values in energy policy decisions. (Associated Press, Navajo-Hopi Observer)

SOLAR:
A Los Angeles company says it has developed a way to create concentrated solar energy hot enough to replace fossil fuels in industrial processes. (GeekWire)
• A 13 MW solar project backed by 7.5 MW of battery storage at JFK Airport will be the largest solar array in New York City. (Bloomberg)

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GRID: A group representing independent power producers wants grid operator PJM to move swiftly on its annual capacity auction as it develops new rules for distributed energy resources. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: The slow replacement of existing cars and buildings will make those sectors tough to decarbonize quickly, a policy analyst writes. (Greentech Media)

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