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Can electric scooters help Chicago cut its carbon footprint?

TRANSPORTATION:
Chicago’s electric scooter pilot program raises questions about whether the transportation mode can reduce carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)
Tesla plans to increase electric vehicle production at its Fremont, California, plant, according to an email to employees. (Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES:
• U.S. renewables growth by 2022 is expected to surpass fossil fuel growth by a significantly greater margin than previously forecasted. (Utility Dive)
Experts predict co-located solar, wind and storage projects will grow in the coming years. (Utility Dive)

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OFFSHORE WIND: A Nantucket group says federal officials are rushing approval of Vineyard Wind in Massachusetts and neglecting protections for right whales. (Cape Cod Times)

TRANSMISSION:
• As the cost of wind power has plummeted, getting it to customers in larger cities remains an obstacle due to transmission constraints. (Bloomberg)
A Texas law that gives utilities first dibs on building new transmission lines could have ripple effects on the U.S. energy grid. (E&E News, subscription)
• A grassroots group will start a petition drive to put a western Maine transmission line to a statewide referendum. (Maine Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• A city utility in Harrisonburg, Virginia, could become a statewide test case for net metering as it grapples with how to accommodate customers’ growing interest in solar. (Energy News Network)
• A West Virginia solar company works to bring affordable distributed solar energy and solar industry job training to coal country. (E&E News)

BIOMASS: Mississippi regulators approve an air pollution permit for what will be the largest wood pellet plant in the world despite objections from environmental groups. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• The leader of a miners’ union says at least half of the Democratic presidential candidates accepted his offer to tour coal mines and speak with miners. (Reuters)
• A former employee of bankrupt coal company Blackjewel files a class action lawsuit to recover wages for employees. (Lexington Herald-Leader) 

NUCLEAR: Both sides in a contentious debate over nuclear waste storage at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain side point to recent California earthquakes to underscore opposing views on the site’s safety. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

PIPELINES:
Records of anchor strikes in the Great Lakes similar to the one that damaged the Line 5 pipeline are difficult to find, officials say. (Detroit News)
• A utility supporting a rejected undersea pipeline to supply natural gas to New York City urges customers to sign a petition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Sludge) 

GRID: Three attorneys general write to PJM asking the grid operator’s search for a new CEO to include someone who is committed to fighting climate change. (Associated Press) 

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CLIMATE: Hundreds of mayors from across the U.S. call on Congress to pass legislation establishing a price on carbon. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY: Coal states are making futile bids to prop up the dying coal industry, an environmental group says. (Environmental Working Group)

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