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EPA official’s ex-lobbying firm took millions from utilities

POLITICS: A secretive group of utilities paid millions of dollars to a top lobbying firm shortly before one of its partners was named the EPA’s top air pollution regulator, documents show. (Politico)

EMISSIONS:
• Ford investigates whether incorrect computer modeling may have caused it to misstate fuel economy and emissions during government testing. (Detroit News)
• The Trump Administration’s push to weaken California’s vehicle emission standards could have a ripple effect in New Jersey and other states. (NJ Spotlight)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Consumer Reports rescinds its recommendation for Tesla’s Model 3, citing reliability problems and the lack of automatic braking technology. (Reuters)
Amazon’s recent carbon pledge and investment in an electric truck company could represent a tipping point for electric fleets. (GreenBiz)
• The public transit agency for the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area unveils its first of eight electric buses. (Star Tribune)

EFFICIENCY:
• Utilities could improve participation in energy efficiency programs by using surveys and smart meter data to tailor messages to individual customers, a new report says. (Energy News Network)
• California’s largest gas distributor is joining a coalition of labor unions, real estate agents and agriculture groups pushing back against a plan to decarbonize the state’s buildings. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR: A bill that lifts restrictions on South Carolina’s rooftop solar industry by allowing homeowners who install solar to get better rates is unanimously approved by the House. (The State)

WIND: Media are blocked from a meeting between offshore wind developers and the fishing industry in Rhode Island; a fishing industry representative says their needs are still not being met. (WJAR)

NATURAL GAS: The New Orleans City Council approves an Entergy natural gas plant while fining the company $5 million for using paid actors to influence the decision. (The Lens)

TRANSMISSION: A deal to support a transmission line carrying Quebec hydropower to Massachusetts includes millions of dollars for broadband, rate relief, electric vehicles, and other incentives for Maine. (Bangor Daily News)

PIPELINES:
• The pipeline industry and safety advocates express frustration with the lack of progress on new rules for interstate gas pipelines. (E&E News)
• A Minnesota Democrat blasts Gov. Tim Walz’s decision to delay the Line 3 pipeline replacement project. (Duluth News Tribune)
• A well-known pipeline litigator is representing landowners and a nonprofit fighting a project by Dominion Energy in New York. (E&E News)

CARBON: Washington state lawmakers propose a carbon fee as part of a $17 billion transportation funding package. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: A nuclear industry group says “there’s a lot of life left” in Pennsylania’s Peach Bottom nuclear plant. (PA Post)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Georgia environmental groups join South Carolina groups in asking the government to block seismic testing for offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

COMMENTARY:
• Utilities are starting to invest in big batteries instead of building new power plants, write two environmental engineering professors. (The Conversation)
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly failed to do right by Kentucky’s coal miners and struggling communities, an advocate writes. (Courier Journal)

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