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Ford, GM ramp up electric pickup development

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford and General Motors ramp up development of electric versions of popular truck models to head off Tesla. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Sacramento, California, prepares to test a hyperlocal EV charging program that will use a Chicago company’s blockchain software to track customer rewards. (Energy News Network)
• Toyota is researching how to power cars entirely by solar power, but the technology is likely still decades away from becoming reality. (Los Angeles Times)

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OIL & GAS:
The U.S. House votes to reverse the 2017 law that allows oil and gas drilling in part of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as the Interior Department releases a plan calling for drilling on the entire coastal plain. (Associated Press, Anchorage Daily News)
• As Democratic presidential candidates debate energy and environmental policies, a look at the best case for and against a fracking ban. (Vox)
A lawsuit filed by environmental groups claims federal officials violated the law by failing to analyze climate impacts before approving 130 oil and gas leases in Utah. (Associated Press)

CONGRESS:
• Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she may try to advance a package of energy efficiency bills if broader energy legislation appears unable to advance. (E&E News, subscription)
• A Senate committee criticizes the Department of Energy’s renewable and efficiency office for cutting staff as congressional funding increased. (E&E News, subscription)
• Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana will lead the formation of a bipartisan climate caucus in the Senate. (Washington Examiner)

GRID: Michigan officials ask regional grid operators to prioritize reliability services like demand response following an incident last winter when fuel supplies were constrained. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: A solar farm at a Pennsylvania college feeds electricity to the grid and doubles as an educational site about clean energy. (Yale Climate Connections)

OFFSHORE WIND: A Massachusetts town looks to Rhode Island as it explores how communities adapt to an offshore wind farm. (Block Island Times)

NUCLEAR: The Trump administration’s request for $130 million to restart the licensing process for Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository was not included in the Senate-approved $49 billion spending bill for the Department of Energy. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

BIOFUELS: President Trump tells reporters the White House is making progress on biofuel issues after officials met with oil refinery executives. (Reuters)

ACTIVISM: Greenpeace protestors are arrested in Houston after rappelling from a bridge, blocking ships from reaching refineries near Baytown, Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

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TECHNOLOGY: A University of California electrical engineer develops a device that employs nighttime radiative cooling to make electricity. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration’s plan to weaken methane emissions rules is dividing the oil and gas industry, an editorial board says. (Houston Chronicle)
• An Ohio editorial board opposes a referendum on nuclear energy subsidies, saying keeping two FirstEnergy plants open keeps carbon emissions low while providing local jobs. (Toledo Blade)

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