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Green New Deal to be revealed today

GREEN NEW DEAL: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey unveil a framework today for their Green New Deal legislation. (NPR)

ALSO:
• Analysis: A leaked copy of the legislation shows the Green New Deal’s ambition matches the scale of the climate problem and avoids needless fights. (Vox)
• Republicans preemptively bashed the proposal during the first in a series of House hearings on climate change. (InsideClimate News)

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COAL:
• Also today: the EPA is set to publish its draft rules striking legal justifications for limiting mercury and other emissions from power plants. (E&E News)
• Peabody Energy says it will shut down an Arizona coal mine in October as time runs out for anyone to buy its only customer, one of the largest coal plants in the West. (E&E News, subscription)
• Peabody also plans to reduce the amount of coal it extracts from one its flagship Wyoming mines, saying it wants to focus on “value over volume” as the market continues to decline. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Indiana NAACP leaders call on utility NIPSCO to accelerate a coal plant closure in a predominately African American community. (Energy News Network)

TECHNOLOGY: Several California cities are considering mobile energy storage systems to improve resilience during wildfires. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY:
• The Trump administration is rolling back light bulb standards designed to save consumers money and reduce home energy use. (E&E News)
• Missouri utilities consider a program that would let customers pay for energy efficiency projects through their monthly bills. (Energy News Network)
• A developer is building a 1,140-acre net-zero housing project in southern Colorado. (Green Biz)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Arizona regulators approve a new incentive program for a Tucson utility’s customers who charge their electric vehicles at home. (Arizona Daily Star)
• Lyft passengers in Seattle and eventually other cities will soon be able to request a ride in an electric or hybrid vehicle. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: The developers of a proposed hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts offer new incentives to sway environmental advocates in Maine. (Maine Public Radio)

WIND:
The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission criticizes colleagues for tweeting their disappointment that the agency did not address an offshore wind developer’s request to halt New England’s annual capacity auction. (Bloomberg)
• Wind development has helped an Ohio county boost tax revenue and its bond rating relative to a neighboring county. (Checks & Balances Project)

SOLAR:
A New York senator is demanding answers from Tesla after former employees detailed grim conditions at the Gigafactory II plant in Buffalo, where the company’s solar roofs are manufactured. (WIVB)
• South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem vetoes a bill meant to support solar development by removing some regulations on facilities. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Corporate contracts spur growth in wind and solar development, according to a recent report. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
• A consultant says South Carolina could get more electricity from renewables and lower bills for consumers by selling Santee Cooper. (E&E News, subscription)
• Small and energy efficient households would see the biggest increases under Duke Energy’s proposed rate hike in South Carolina. (Greenville News)

PIPELINES:
Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban new oil and natural gas pipelines. (VT Digger)
• Prosecutors file charges against four activists from Wisconsin and Minnesota after a failed attempt to shut down the Line 3 pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Hundreds of state-level criminal cases stemming from prolonged Dakota Access pipeline protests are nearly completed. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: Bank of America predicts oil demand could hit a peak by 2030 and then decline. (Oil Price)

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BIOFUELS: An ethanol trade group touts a study showing that the fuel is reducing greenhouse gases more than predicted by the EPA. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• Nuclear power should not displace cheaper decarbonization investments such as energy efficiency, the president of a clean energy investment firm. (GreenBiz)
• Beyond climate change, fossil fuels harm people and communities at every point along the supply chain, write a group of professors. (The Conversation)
• The director of the American Corn Growers Foundation says wind energy provides reliable income for farmers in an unpredictable industry. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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