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TRANSPORTATION: General Motors asks the federal government for national gas mileage and zero-emissions vehicle sales standards to help the U.S. “lead the way to a zero emissions future.” (Associated Press)

ALSO: Koch Industries mounts a lobbying campaign against a Nevada Republican Senator’s plan to extend federal tax credits for electric vehicles. (Bloomberg)

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POWER PLANTS: The Sierra Club files a motion to block Florida Gov. Rick Scott from weighing in on a proposed natural gas power plant because of financial ties to the company behind the project. (Tampa Bay Times)

NUCLEAR: The owner of Massachusetts’ only nuclear power plant will move the facility’s nuclear waste to higher ground to avoid the threat of sea-level rise. (Boston Globe)

COAL ASH: A safety supervisor at the 2008 TVA coal ash cleanup accuses workers of lying and contradicts his subordinate’s courtroom confession. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

OIL & GAS: Louisiana has dollars at stake as Congress wrangles over legislation affecting how much offshore drilling revenue goes to states. (The Advocate)

PIPELINES: Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline through South Dakota will bring an influx of workforce camps, raising concerns about traffic risks and crime. (South Dakota News Watch)

COAL:
• Illinois is on track to cut carbon emissions 22 percent by 2030 and could do better by closing six coal plants, a study finds. (Energy News Network)
• U.S. coal-fired power plant closures are on pace this year to set a record, with the Ohio River Valley among the regions seeing the most impact. (IEEFA)

RENEWABLES:
California regulators aren’t sure how the state’s electricity providers will meet the new mandate of getting all of their power from renewable sources by 2045 but feel more confident about shorter-term goals. (Utility Dive)
New York and Minnesota are the only states to receive an “A” grade for their shared renewable energy programs, according to a national scorecard released by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. (news release)

UTILITIES: A California hedge fund buys a $50 million stake in Hawaii’s largest electric utility and plans to push the company toward more clean energy and away from oil. (Bloomberg)

WIND:
Offshore wind discussions surface in Delaware, where residents seem more open to the technology than in neighboring Maryland. (Delmarva Now)
Missouri regulators authorize Ameren’s plans for a 400 MW wind project, which would be the largest in the state. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

SOLAR:
Tesla’s historic quarter included gains in its solar and energy storage businesses. (Utility Dive)  
A Washington utility moves forward with the state’s first solar plus storage project, which will also include a center to train solar technicians from around the country. (Tri-City Herald)

EFFICIENCY: A California company raises $65 million to help make up to 300 commercial buildings more energy efficient and cut carbon emissions. (Bloomberg)

POLICY: Energy Secretary Rick Perry tells employees at a New Jersey nuclear manufacturing plant that the natural gas industry is “a fabulous blessing.” (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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CLIMATE POLICY: The nation will be watching the outcome of a Washington state ballot initiative seeking to create a carbon fee. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• A policy associate and energy consultant praise Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s plan to transition the state to clean energy. (Energy News Network)
A Green New Deal is on the ballot in Washington state this year, writes David Roberts. (Vox)

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