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Critics call DOE efficiency plan a ‘disaster’

EFFICIENCY: Critics say the Department of Energy’s efficiency plan would be a “disaster” that essentially cedes control of standards to manufacturers. (E&E News)

ALSO: Advocates say Massachusetts’ new energy efficiency plan missed an opportunity to promote equity for renters and lower-income residents. (Energy News Network)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Missouri utilities hope state regulators’ approval of $4.4 million for EV charging opens the door to additional spending. (Energy News Network)
• Volkswagen’s electric fuel subsidiary says it will spend $235 million in the next three years to build charging stations in core cities and highways. (E&E News)
• While it’s been long known that cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, a new study finds that range reduction can be as much as 40 percent. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
• Climate action is picking up in several states after the midterm elections brought a wave of new governors with ambitious plans. (New York Times)
• Oregon lawmakers are trying again to put a cap on carbon emissions as it is becoming increasingly clear the state won’t meet its climate goals. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

ACTIVISM:
• The kids and young adults suing the U.S. government over climate change file a request for federal judges to suspend fossil fuel development. (E&E News)
• A huge climate change movement led by teenage girls is sweeping Europe, and it’s coming to the U.S. next. (BuzzFeed News)

BIOMASS: A new state report and comments by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper this week raise concern about the climate impact of the state’s wood pellet biomass industry. (Energy News Network)  

TRANSPORTATION: A new study suggests policymakers may want to help more needy people gain access to cars while also promoting less driving among wealthy people. (CityLab)

OIL AND GAS:
• An Interior Department official confirms there won’t be any seismic testing this winter at an Alaska national wildlife refuge where federal land managers still plan to proceed with a controversial oil and gas lease sale. (Fairbanks Daily News Miner)
• A new analysis shows how the massive growth of U.S. oil and gas production will drive up greenhouse gas emissions at home and abroad. (E&E News)

COAL: A Wyoming landowners’ group is suing the state for failing to prove how a coal company has enough collateral to support future cleanup costs. (Casper Star Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• A Florida House committee proposes a bill to ban fracking with a “high rate” of fluids, a move environmentalists say leaves loopholes. (Tallahassee Democrat)
Two pipelines were shut off in Missouri after a leak spilled at least 43 barrels near St. Louis. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

RENEWABLES:
Lawmakers in New Mexico introduce a sweeping energy bill requiring the state’s public utilities to use more clean energy over the next 20 years while phasing out fossil fuels. (Albuquerque Journal)
• A western Colorado electric co-op announces plans to deliver a 60 percent mix of clean energy to its customers by 2030, a goal doubling the amount of renewable power in its current portfolio. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
A community choice aggregation policy and a lack of natural gas is enabling a small New York town to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
New England approves 145 MW of new solar to the region’s grid, including several solar-plus-storage projects. (Bloomberg, Vermont Business Magazine)
• The U.S. has been slow to adopt floating solar, in which panels are placed on pontoons tethered to the bottom of reservoirs or ponds. (Scientific American)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear plants like the one being constructed in Georgia can play a small role in the Green New Deal, supporters say. (Utility Dive)

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OBITUARY: Michigan Democrat John Dingell Jr., the longtime chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, dies at the age of 92. (Detroit News)

COMMENTARY: Vermont’s rising emissions illustrate why a Green New Deal needs to include nuclear power to be effective, says the president of an environmental research and policy organization. (Forbes)

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