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General Motors aims to pivot from SUVs to EVs

TRANSPORTATION: General Motors announces it will close five plants in the U.S. and Canada as it shifts its focus to electric and autonomous vehicles. (Vox)

• GM’s restructuring reveals “a huge disconnect” between today’s SUV sales and the electrified future the company envisions. (Greentech Media)
• GM will also stop producing the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid designed to be a transition between conventional and electric vehicles. (Quartz)

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North Carolina’s ban on new wind farms will expire Jan. 1 unless its author, Sen. Harry Brown, pushes to extend it during the lame duck session. (Energy News Network)
A deadline is extended again for NextEra and the Department of Defense to agree on a mitigation plan for an Oklahoma wind project near airspace the military uses for training. (Enid News & Eagle)

• As solar energy rapidly grows in Georgia, one county halts projects as it grapples with how to resolve siting and zoning issues. (Energy News Network)
• A proposed pilot project by We Energies aims to increase its solar energy portfolio without passing costs on to customers. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

• Several market changes are needed by grid operators MISO and PJM to incorporate more renewables, according to a new report. (RTO Insider)
• Louisville, Kentucky officials consider a 100 percent clean energy proposal. (WFPL)
• Georgetown, Texas, which already runs on 100 percent renewable energy, plans solar and battery storage to locally power the town. (KERA)

FERC: U.S. Senate Democrats try unsuccessfully to postpone a vote on FERC nominee Bernard McNamee after the release of a video showing him criticizing renewable energy and environmental groups. (Utility Dive)

• The Keystone XL pipeline developer plans to ask a judge to clarify an injunction to allow pre-construction work to continue. (Associated Press)
• Democrats’ big election wins in Minnesota aren’t expected to change the course of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project. (MinnPost)
A Massachusetts city formally opposes a gas pipeline project 25 miles away, saying it would help expand fossil fuel use in the region. (The Republican)

• About one-quarter of all U.S. carbon emissions come from fossil fuels extracted from public lands. (E&E News, subscription)
• New drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico are expected to reverse 20-year declines in offshore gas production. (Houston Chronicle)

HYDROGEN: A French industrial gas company with Texas ties plans to build a $150 million liquid hydrogen plant in the Western U.S., capable of producing enough hydrogen for 35,000 fuel cell electric vehicles. (Houston Chronicle)

NATURAL GAS: Congressional members from Massachusetts and New Hampshire say executives at Columbia Gas, which was responsible for natural gas explosions outside Boston in September, should step down. (Associated Press)

POWER PLANTS: Federal regulators approve the termination of a contract for a 1,000 MW natural gas and diesel power plant in northwest Rhode Island; developers say the project will still go forward. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: A town in central Maine votes to support a proposed hydropower transmission line that would run from Canada to Massachusetts, passing through the town. (Sun Journal)

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: California utilities will likely not get changes to the state’s liability laws they want under legislation being crafted by lawmakers hoping to shield them from going bankrupt as a result of wildfire damages. (Bloomberg)

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CLIMATE: A new report from California regulators shows that carbon emissions from driving are increasing, putting the state’s ambitious climate goals in jeopardy. (Los Angeles Times)

POLITICS: The coal industry is “conspicuously absent” from Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s energy transition team. (E&E News, subscription)

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