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Coalition launches ad campaign in support of carbon tax

CARBON TAX:
A bipartisan group releases an online video ad to convince U.S. lawmakers to support a carbon tax. (The Hill)
A carbon tax plan before Congress would slash American carbon pollution by almost 40 percent within a decade, according to a recent study. (The Atlantic)

POLICY: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders introduce a $100 billion plan to make 1 million public housing units carbon neutral within 10 years. (Washington Post)

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POLITICS:
The Democratic presidential front-runners all want to reduce carbon emissions, but their policy proposals vary. (E&E News)
Presidential candidate Joe Biden releases a plan to invest $1.3 trillion in electric vehicle charging stations, clean energy research and other infrastructure. (The Hill)

CLEAN ENERGY:
New research shows that increased use of solar and wind improves groundwater sustainability. (The Hill)
Shell’s executive vice president says hydrogen technology would benefit from government subsidies, much like solar has. (Greentech Media)
• More transmission is needed to support large amounts of renewable energy projects pending in grid operator MISO’s western region. (PV Magazine)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. International Trade Commission sides with three of the world’s largest PV manufacturers on a solar patent infringement case that threatened to shut the companies out of the U.S. market. (Greentech Media)
A leading developer of U.S. offshore and onshore wind projects plans to build a utility-scale 460 MW solar-plus-storage project in West Texas, near existing oil and gas infrastructure in the Permian Basin. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY:
The California Energy Commission votes to enact tougher energy efficiency standards for light bulbs, bucking the Trump administration rollback of light bulb efficiency standards. (The Hill)
A new study examines how efficiency programs serve low- and moderate-income residents. (ACEEE)

TRANSPORTATION: Minnesota could achieve net-zero transportation emissions by 2050 almost entirely through more electric and biofuel-powered vehicles, according to a state report. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Volkswagen is breaking ground on an $800 million expansion project to build electric vehicles at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Members of Congress wants to know why the Energy Department awarded a $115 million contract Centrus Energy Corp — a company whose CEO served as deputy of the department under President Obama — to demonstrate a method of producing fuel for advanced nuclear reactors. (Reuters) 

CLIMATE: Harvard researchers say there should be a reporting system that allows companies and policymakers to measure the impact of investments to improve the climate and public health. (E&E News)

OIL & GAS: The Trump administration suspends oil and gas production on 130 plots in Utah following a legal challenge by environmentalists, which alleges that officials did not consider greenhouse gas emissions when granting the oil lease sales. (The Hill)

PIPELINES:
• The Dakota Access expansion proposal faces public hearings in Illinois, North Dakota and Iowa, sparking similar concerns that led to widespread protests in 2016. (E&E News, subscription)
The FBI is investigating how the state of Pennsylvania granted permits for the controversial Mariner East natural gas pipeline. (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES:
Experts say utilities will need smarter power grid solutions to drive efficiencies and profits. (Utility Dive)
California regulators open a formal inquiry into PG&E’s power safety shut-offs, asking the utility to explain why it shouldn’t be fined. (Los Angeles Times, Associated Press)
Experts blame California’s wildfires and blackouts on a systemic failure by utility management, state regulators, and politicians. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: An offshore wind advocate says it will be a $1 trillion industry by 2040, but the world needs the climate and economic benefits now. (Utility Dive)

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