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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: U.S. electric bus demand is outpacing production as more cities look to electrify their transit fleets. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
Tesla shares skyrocket from a rare quarterly profit for investors, surpassing General Motors as the most valuable car company in the United States. (Reuters)
• Ford will release its electric sport utility vehicle under its Mustang brand, which has been used up until now for sporty coupes. (Reuters)

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TRANSPORTATION:
Advocates for a multi-state compact to reduce transportation emissions say it must address concerns of rural areas where many residents are more dependent on private cars. (Energy News Network)
• A bill introduced in the U.S. House aims to boost adoption of vehicles that run on natural gas by creating a tax credit for CNG, LNG and renewable natural gas. (Houston Chronicle)

RENEWABLES:
• Wind and solar contracts between utilities and independent producers routinely exceed competitive market values, according to a study commissioned by an investor-owned utility trade group. (Solar Power World)
• Major utilities serving Wisconsin have pledged to significantly decarbonize their electric portfolios, though some are moving faster than others. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

WIND:
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says an analysis of the state’s offshore wind potential will move forward despite a months-long impasse over the state budget. (Energy News Network)
• Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse criticizes a wind developer in Massachusetts for not consulting with fishermen opposed to its project and says his state offers a better example for outreach. (E&E News, subscription)
• A “micro” mill under construction in Missouri will be the first steel plant in the U.S. to be powered by wind energy. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR: Solar developers on Long Island have twin concerns of changing incentives from New York State and the increased commitment to offshore wind. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE: Virginia has not yet invested in or created policies for energy storage technology that could help the state expand renewables and cut emissions. (Virginia Mercury)

HYDROPOWER: A new study concludes that hundreds of active hydropower plants have a worse climate impact than fossil fuels. (Grist)

PIPELINES:
• Montana lawmakers representing Native American tribal members want the public comment period for the environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline extended, saying tribes were not properly consulted. (Reuters)
• PennEast appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court to build a pipeline through Pennsylvania and New Jersey after a federal court last week refused to rehear the case. (Associated Press)
• High school students produce a documentary of the gas explosions in three Massachusetts communities a year ago that killed one and affected thousands of homes and businesses. (WBUR)
• A modest amount of new pipeline capacity was added this year to serve natural gas demand, especially in the Northeast. (Platts)

COAL:
• Groups involved in a settlement agreement over the closing of an Illinois coal plant say it could be a model for helping communities transition from plant closures. (Utility Dive)
A lawyer confirms he is taking legal cases against the Tennessee Valley Authority about alleged health impacts for people living near or working at the Bull Run Fossil Plant in Tennessee. (Oak Ridger)

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CLIMATE:
• An analysis of state data reveals that emissions have been increasing from California’s biggest oil and gas companies since the state’s cap-and-trade program was implemented. (ProPublica)
• House Democrats say their close to unveiling more details about a plan to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Washington Examiner)
• Missouri convened a group of experts to start looking at climate impacts and mitigation efforts in 1989, though little action has resulted. (KRCU)
• Madison, Wisconsin, formally reaffirm the city’s commitment to climate action as the U.S. begins to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. (Daily Cardinal)

COMMENTARY: An energy consultant warns that storage proponents may be overestimating the need for batteries to provide balancing services to the grid. (Utility Dive)

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