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Facebook to meet 100 percent renewable goal by 2020

RENEWABLES: Facebook says the company will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2020. (Business Insider)

ALSO: Colorado regulators approve a plan by Xcel Energy to retire a third of its coal generation and boost solar and wind energy. (Denver Post)

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• Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act is driving an influx of solar companies to form or expand in the state. (Energy News Network)
• Solar industry officials in Hawaii say Hurricane Lane was a “wake up call” that will likely trigger an increase in storage installations. (Greentech Media)

Midwest states helped drive down the average cost of wind energy to $20 per megawatt-hour in 2017, according to a federal report. (Greentech Media)
• A recent Department of Energy report shows “the genie is out of the bottle” for offshore wind. (Triple Pundit)

Federal regulators vacate a license for seven Alabama Power dams along the Catoosa River because of plant and animal impacts. (Montgomery Advertiser)
Eversource finalizes the sale of nine hydroelectric plants, completing its deregulation process in New Hampshire. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

Santee Cooper executives weighed whether or not to tell investors about an audit of the utility’s failed nuclear project, documents show. (Post and Courier)
A Tennessee real estate developer and President Trump donor was in talks with Tennessee Valley Authority about selling power from two unfinished nuclear reactors, documents show. (E&E News, subscription)

A study commissioned by the coal mining industry concludes that costs don’t justify replacing coal plants with natural gas. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)
• Advocates push for an environmental impact statement for a proposed natural gas power plant in Rhode Island. (ecoRI)

An Interior Department official who oversaw efforts to shrink two national monuments in Utah has been is hired by a major oil company. (Washington Post)
Natural gas flaring is on the rise as oil drillers burn excess natural gas to keep crude oil flowing. (Dallas Morning News)

An American Indian-owned construction firm bids on contracts to rebuild the Line 3 pipeline amid tribal opposition to the project. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Massachusetts regulators order environmental impact studies for a pair of natural gas pipeline expansions. (MassLive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A BMW pilot program in California aimed to sync electric car charging with PG&E’s peak solar hours. (Greentech Media)

FUEL CELLS: A California company’s recent initial public offering suggests a larger market for fuel cell technology might be emerging. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: A San Francisco company taps wasted energy from buildings using sophisticated data analytics. (Greentech Media)

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POLITICS: A judge in Arizona blocks an attempt by the state’s largest utility to keep a clean energy initiative from appearing on the November ballot. (Capitol Media Services)

Advocates say the Trump administration’s “Dirty Power Plan” does nothing to accelerate or even recognize the Midwest’s shift to clean energy. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
A new community solar farm in rural South Carolina helps raise awareness about environmental health and justice, write a reverend and an environmental advocate. (Energy News Network)

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