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Electric bus breaks record, driving 1,100 miles on a single charge

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric-bus startup Proterra sets a world record by driving an electric bus over 1,000 miles on a single charge. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• Colorado plans to spend $68.7 million from Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating settlement to replace fleets of trucks and buses with new alternative-fuel vehicles and pay for electric vehicle charging stations. (Denver Post)
• A group of large corporations has launched a campaign to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles, hoping to send a signal to automakers that there is mass demand for EVs before 2030. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
• Insiders believe the International Trade Commission is likely to find that U.S. solar cell manufacturers were harmed by imported modules, handing “the fate of the U.S. solar industry” to President Trump. (Utility Dive)
• Wall Street lender SQN Capital Management is funding Suniva’s trade case seeking solar tariffs and says it is “protecting the solar industry.” (Bloomberg)
• A decision by New York regulators on the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) – a metric that could replace net metering – is coming under fire from solar groups. (Greentech Media)
• A North Carolina appeals court upholds a fine against a nonprofit that installed solar panels on a church, saying they illegally acted as a public utility by selling the electricity produced. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A group convened by Arkansas’s Public Service Commission to examine net metering did not reach a consensus and has submitted two sets of recommendations. (Arkansas Business)

WIND:
• A Canadian company is seeking a certificate to build a 350-megawatt wind farm in eastern Oregon. (Portland Business Journal)
• An appeals court says a wind developer violated federal law by “mining” the earth to erect wind turbines on Native American land in Oklahoma without a federal permit. (E&E News)
• General Motors announces it will buy 200 megawatts of wind energy from projects in Ohio and Illinois once they come online next year. (Detroit Free Press)

RENEWABLES: Georgia Power launches a renewable energy program for its commercial and industrial customers. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

TRANSMISSION: After being rejected again by Missouri regulators, the developer of a proposed wind energy transmission line has hired former Gov. Jay Nixon as a legal adviser. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: After nearly 10 years of negotiations with Michigan’s largest municipal utility, clean energy advocates reach an agreement that will close its two coal-fired power plants in Lansing by the end of 2025. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL & GAS: A fire at a Valero Energy oil refining complex in Texas has triggered a shelter-in-place warning for nearby residents. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: Energy Transfer Partners receives approval from FERC to continue work on the troubled Rover gas pipeline, which will run from Pennsylvania to Ontario. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR:
• Georgia regulators vote unanimously to accept Georgia Power’s plan to continue construction on the troubled Vogtle nuclear plant, but whether to actually continue construction won’t be decided until next year. (Savannah Morning News, WABE)
• Westinghouse Electric Company says it will be exiting the nuclear reactor construction business, after filing for bankruptcy in March in relation to the now-abandoned Summer nuclear project in South Carolina. (InsideSources)
• The U.S. nuclear power industry faces an uphill battle to maintain its portion of generating capacity, up to half of which could be retired within the next 20 years. (Reuters)

REGULATION: President Trump’s nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is a corporate attorney who has represented various energy and utility companies around the country, some of which are regulated by FERC or have projects seeking FERC approval. (DeSmogBlog)

CLIMATE:
• How an array of unions are thwarting California’s efforts to pass climate friendly policies. (Los Angeles Times)
• Citing recent hurricanes, the head of the National Guard says he believes in climate change and “it is becoming more severe.” (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Blockchain technology could be used to support the distributed electrical grid, says an expert in building and energy management. (Greentech Media)
• The Trump administration’s plan to pursue oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is “a stupid idea, both as a matter of environmental policy and as an energy strategy,” says the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times.
• Imposing tariffs or other trade remedies on solar imports will weaken the entire U.S. electricity system, says the Director of the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council. (Greentech Media)

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