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Charging data suggests EV ride-hailing helps the grid

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A fast-charging network operator says electric ride-hailing vehicles benefit the grid by mostly charging at night and mid-day. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
The anticipated growth of electric vehicles means larger implications for Ohio’s electric grid, experts say. (Columbus Business First)
• A coalition of free-market groups says electric vehicle tax credits “overwhelmingly benefit the rich” and should not be extended. (E&E News)

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EFFICIENCY: Energy Secretary Rick Perry promises a plan to Congress to address his department’s missed deadlines for efficiency standard updates. (E&E News)

WIND:
• A Danish offshore wind company looks to compete with some of the biggest energy companies on the planet in the United States. (New York Times)
A new Oklahoma law requires wind developers to get clearance from the military and federal aviation regulators before starting construction near military bases. (KSWO)

SOLAR:
• Florida is rapidly growing its solar industry, but solar advocates have concerns about barriers to community solar programs. (Utility Dive)
Wisconsin-based We Energies revives a controversial effort to charge fees on customers who produce their own solar power. (Energy News Network)

COAL: New York’s plan to phase out coal-fired generation by the end of next year remains on track as final rules are adopted. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH:
• The new Tennessee Valley Authority CEO appoints executives to help tackle coal ash cleanup and other issues. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
The Illinois Senate advances a bill to ensure the safe closure of dozens of coal ash impoundments in the state. (Southern Illinoisan)

TRANSMISSION:
The Maine Senate votes to support an independent study on climate impacts of a proposed power line to import Canadian hydropower. (Press Herald)
Legislation meant to block the Grain Belt Express transmission line stalls in the Missouri Senate. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
The Trump administration is moving forward to allow new drilling on about 725,000 acres of federal land in central California. (Sacramento Bee)
Sulfur dioxide emissions from Texas’ Permian Basin are likely pushing pollution past Clean Air Act limits and making people sick, according to a report by an environmental group. (Texas Observer)
A federal renewable energy lab in Colorado strikes a $100 million deal with a major oil company to conduct research into low-emission technologies. (Denver Post)

CLIMATE: Oregon Democrats unveil what’s close to the final version of a cap and trade policy, complex and sweeping legislation that could put the state at the forefront of the fight against climate change. (The Oregonian)

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POLITICS: Washington’s new clean energy law could help burnish Gov. Jay Inslee’s reputation as the only presidential candidate taking serious action to fight climate change. (Crosscut)

COMMENTARY:
• A new report says the world subsidized fossil fuels by $5.2 trillion, but the calculation is less tidy than it seems, a climate journalist writes. (The Atlantic)
• Virginia’s energy efficiency programs can serve as a model for the Southeast, an advocate writes. (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy)
A New Mexico congressman and a U.S. Senator from Minnesota say their new legislation mandating carbon-free electric generation by 2050 is necessary for the environment, jobs and economic competitiveness. (The Hill)

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