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Illinois bill offers test case for Green New Deal aims

GREEN NEW DEAL: A clean energy bill in Illinois may serve as a remarkable test case for the Green New Deal’s social justice aspirations. (Vox)

ALSO:
• The Republican mayor of Georgetown, Texas talks about the Green New Deal and transitioning the town to 100 percent renewable energy. (Frontline)
Green New Deal advocates want to present researchers’ findings of the plan’s impact on Rhode Island to the state’s General Assembly. (Providence Journal)

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EFFICIENCY: Light bulb efficiency standards have helped reverse a decades-long trend of growing household energy use, but the Department of Energy may delay tougher rules that would eliminate newer incandescents. (New York Times)

SOLAR:
A solar developer prepares for a long legal road ahead to clarify Wisconsin’s rules on third-party ownership. (Energy News Network)
• Tesla appears to be steadily retreating from solar power as it focuses its efforts on becoming a major carmaker. (E&E News, subscription)
• Changes to Virginia law have allowed the solar industry to flourish: there are now more solar jobs in the state than coal jobs. (WVTF)

GRID:
Critics say grid operator PJM’s capacity market lacks flexibility and favors large power plants, posing an “existential crisis” to Illinois’ renewable energy targets. (Energy News Network)
New England’s grid operator forecasts lower overall load as distributed energy resources increase. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Environmentals say Lyft is trying to undermine public transit by advertising at bus stops and subway stations across the country. (E&E News, subscription)
• The Trump administration is pressuring automakers to back their effort to stop California from setting its own vehicle emission standards. (Reuters)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
A South Carolina congressman blasts an airhorn in a committee meeting after a Trump official said seismic air gun tests don’t hurt whales. (Washington Post)
New Hampshire’s state senate passes a bill prohibiting offshore drilling. (news release)

NUCLEAR:
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s upcoming visit to a Georgia nuclear plant construction site is spurring speculation about whether he will approve new loan guarantees for the project. (E&E News, subscription)
An Ohio bill aims to make the state a leader in advanced nuclear technology, though critics say it would shift risk to taxpayers and distract from more promising climate solutions. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: Maine regulators heard testimony about a proposed settlement for a controversial transmission line that some characterized as a backroom deal while others said it would crowd out new renewable energy development. (Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, WGME)

PIPELINES: South Dakota is poised to adopt a law aimed at curbing “out-of-state rioters funded by out-of-state interests” ahead of Keystone XL pipeline construction. (Associated Press)

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BIOFUELS:
The federal biofuel mandate has caused more environmental harm than good by wiping out hundreds of thousands of acres of grasslands and other wild habitats in the Midwest, academic researchers say. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• The EPA plans to try to curb biofuel credit speculation by barring trading by non-industry players and improving price transparency. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: The U.S. polar vortex and Australian heat wave show that coal doesn’t provide the grid resilience federal official claim it does. (Greentech Media)

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