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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Will the challenge of mass-producing cars turn out to be one that defies Elon Musk and Tesla? (Bloomberg Businessweek)

ALSO:
• A new joint venture that includes a Warren Buffet-backed manufacturer will lease electric buses to cities, school, and corporations. (Bloomberg)
• A policy advisor to Washington’s governor says the state wants to be as prolific as low-carbon Norway when it comes to deploying electric vehicles. (UPI)

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COAL:
• A federal prosecutor brings fraud charges against employees of a bankrupt coal company for falsifying coal dust monitoring samples in two Kentucky mines. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• The world’s largest investment fund drops its stake in a Colorado utility for using coal to generate more than 30 percent of its electricity. (Denver Post)
• A biologist is working to turn Kentucky’s first mountaintop removal coal mine into an Appalachian wildlife center. (Scientific American)

POWER PLANTS:
NRG Energy says it won’t repower a coal-fired plant outside Buffalo, New York, to burn natural gas due to cost concerns. (The Buffalo News)
Environmentalists protest a proposed gas-fired power plant in New Jersey that would provide power to New York City. (NJTV)

NUCLEAR: Ohio’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant is scheduled to close within three years, but decommissioning the plant could take up to 60 years to deal with radioactive fuel and waste. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: Smart thermostats and electric heating will be key for cities like Chicago to meet carbon-reduction goals, according to a recent report. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, will be home to the country’s first Marriott hotel powered entirely by solar. (Penn Live)
• Construction begins this fall on what is believed to be Wisconsin’s first solar-powered, net-zero neighborhood. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

WIND:
• Missouri regulators approve a utility’s scaled-back plan to close a coal plant early and develop hundreds of megawatts of wind. (Joplin Globe)
• Kansas regulators approve Westar Energy’s program that allows businesses to directly purchase wind energy. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

STORAGE: Two recently announced projects are about to make a central California community the energy storage capital of the world. (Monterey County Now)

UTILITIES:
• Dominion Energy spent more than $1 million on lobbyists, entertainment, meals and communications from May 2017 to April 2018 while successfully pushing through legislation that could lead to electric bill increases. (Associated Press)
• California fire victims urge state lawmakers to stop trying to overhaul liability laws to let utilities off the hook for deadly disasters. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: Twenty-six renewable natural gas plants will open in the U.S. this year, including a Duke Energy facility powered by waste from North Carolina hogs. (Bloomberg)

OIL AND GAS:
• After a decade of fracking research, the answer to many questions remains: We don’t know yet. (E&E News)
• Former U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents say the Trump administration’s reversal of a policy regulating open oil pits is having a devastating consequence on birds in the West. (Reveal)

PIPELINES:
• Critics say Michigan officials have maintained a close relationship with Enbridge, allowing the company “extensive input on the fate” of Line 5. (Bridge Magazine)
A federal appeals court rejects a Pennsylvania environmental group’s lawsuit accusing FERC of favoring industry interests in disputed pipeline cases. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA scraps a plan that would have forced refiners to increase biofuel blends with gasoline and diesel next year. (Reuters)

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CLIMATE:
• California meets its goal of reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels four years ahead of schedule. (Sacramento Bee)
• A Nobel winning economist writes a court brief in support of children who sued the U.S. government over its failure to adequately regulate greenhouse gas emissions. (InsideClimate News)
• The founders of a conservative legal group that has long sowed doubt about climate change are tangled in a legal battle over allegations of financial mismanagement. (The New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• The U.S. is rapidly losing nuclear power, and that’s profoundly concerning for climate change, writes Vox’s David Roberts.
• A new financial sector survey shows strong confidence that U.S. renewable energy projects will continue to become more attractive. (Forbes)
• California needs a grid that can withstand the heat waves that climate change will continue to produce, says an editorial board. (Los Angeles Times)

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