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‘Electrify everything’ could lower overall energy use, report finds

GRID: Widespread electrification of heating, transportation and other sectors could increase U.S. electric consumption by 40 percent but lower overall energy consumption, according to a government report. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• FirstEnergy is not saying how it’s used roughly a quarter of a billion dollars in grid modernization money collected from Ohio ratepayers. (Energy News Network)
• Experts outline what can be done to prepare the electric grid for the growing stress of climate change. (Grist)

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SOLAR:
The clock ticking as solar advocates in Massachusetts try to stop Eversource from charging a variable monthly fee on residential solar customers. (Energy News Network, Greentech Media)
Utility-scale solar projects move forward in Louisiana as laws make it difficult for residential solar to take off. (The Advocate)
• A premier Miami concert venue gets a ring of solar panels and a retractable roof. (Miami Herald)

WIND: American Electric Power scraps what would have been the country’s largest wind farm after Texas regulators reject the project. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES:
A bipartisan bill would repeal a plan to phase out the use of fossil fuel power in federal buildings by 2030. (E&E News)
A Maryland renewable energy program also boosts fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, according to new research. (Baltimore Sun)

OIL & GAS:
• Virginia lawmakers consider appointing an energy regulator with close ties to the oil and gas industry. (Energy News Network)
Pennsylvania residents who live near fracking operations are more likely to be depressed and stressed, according to a new study of nearly 5,000 adults. (Environmental Health News)

PIPELINES:
• The Nebraska Supreme Court could hear legal arguments over the Keystone XL project as early as October. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• A U.S. appeals court vacates decisions by two federal agencies that allowed drilling company EQT to build the Mountain Valley Pipeline on federal land. (Reuters)
• Oil companies plan to build bigger pipelines to ease the bottleneck of oil and gas in Texas. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

COAL: A Washington utility looks to wind, natural gas, and hydroelectricity for its energy needs after a Montana coal plant temporarily closes. (Seattle Times)

NUCLEAR:
• NextEra Energy will close a 600 MW nuclear plant in Iowa in 2020 after agreeing to end a power purchase agreement five years early. (Utility Dive)
• A South Carolina utility appears in court to argue why customers should keep paying for its failed nuclear project. (Associated Press)
• An Arizona nuclear plant is caught in the crossfire between utilities and environmentalists over a clean energy ballot measure. (High Country News)

EMISSIONS: The U.S. EPA rescinds a loophole for dirty “glider” trucks that former Administrator Scott Pruitt sought to secure on his last day in office. (Vox)

BIOFUELS: New Mexico researchers are trying to determine if a strain of algae can be mass produced as an affordable biofuel. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

COMMENTARY:
• America spends over $20 billion a year on fossil fuel subsidies and should abolish them, writes an environmental scientist. (The Guardian)
• The Trump administration’s energy policies are hurricanes of contradiction, an energy columnist writes. (Axios)

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