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Electric vehicles drive demand for copper mining

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The rising popularity of electric vehicles is driving demand for copper, prompting several U.S. mining projects to get underway. (Reuters)

ALSO:
California utilities are testing new rate designs that could make driving electric vehicles more affordable while stabilizing the grid. (Utility Dive)
A Midwest collaborative releases a second set of policy recommendations to boost EV deployment and cut emissions in the region. (E&E News, subscription)

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OIL & GAS:
• Public relations strategists working for Exxon posed as journalists in an attempt to interview an attorney representing Colorado communities suing the company for climate change-related damages. (Climate Liability News)
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says a gas liquids storage facility proposed for the region is a top economic priority for his administration. (WVPB)

COAL:
• Critics say North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has done too little to address coal ash pollution, but that could change in 2019. (Energy News Network)
Power companies say they may have to halt operations at some coal plants if a federal court reverses the Trump administration’s deadline extension to close contaminating coal ash storage ponds. (E&E News, subscription)
• A Pennsylvania coal company announces a record-breaking year thanks in part to strong sales to coal-fired pizza restaurants. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR:
• Environmentalists and anti-nuclear groups criticize a company’s application to store spent nuclear fuel at a New Mexico facility. (Associated Press)
• Federal regulators agree to delay relicensing for New Hampshire’s Seabrook nuclear plant after a request from the state’s congressional delegation. (Seacoast Online)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy Solutions reaches a tentative restructuring deal to emerge from bankruptcy, though its coal and nuclear plants are still scheduled to close in the next few years absent “legislative support and market reforms.” (Toledo Blade)

RENEWABLES:
• A Virginia legislative committee narrowly approves a bill to ban new pipelines and fossil fuel power plants after 2020 and pivot to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2036. (Associated Press)
• Texas’ grid operator says carbon-free resources, mostly wind, made up more than 30 percent of its 2018 consumption and 2019 capacity. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
Anheuser-Busch touts its commitment to wind energy in a new ad released ahead of the Super Bowl. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Offshore wind developers partner with environmental groups on a plan to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale. (SouthCoastToday.com)

SOLAR: The world’s largest solar plus storage plant comes online in Hawaii and depends on the sun and a flock of sheep to keep it running. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

FINANCE: A Massachusetts city hopes to reinvest potential savings from community choice aggregation into local clean energy projects. (Energy News Network)

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CLIMATE:
• Midwestern governors and attorneys general take swift action on climate issues after taking office this year. (InsideClimate News)
• The Trump administration removes climate data from a federal website, citing “a lapse in appropriation” due to the partial government shutdown. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
Don’t confuse energy favoritism with energy resilience, writes a retired U.S. Army cybersecurity expert. (Utility Dive)
A energy analyst suggests four ways the public can promote offshore wind development. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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