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Nearly half of voters expect next car will be electric

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new poll shows almost half of voters, including a majority of Democrats, say their next car will be an electric vehicle. (Axios)

ALSO: The Trump administration’s plan to roll back vehicle emissions standards is more an inconvenience than it is a threat to states with ambitious electric vehicle goals like California and Colorado. (Forbes)

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EFFICIENCY: Dominion Energy needs to spend much more on energy efficiency programs in order to hit a state mandate in Virginia, advocates say. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Applications open for an Illinois program designed to make solar more accessible to people usually left out of the market. (Energy News Network)
An Oregon commission approves new rules restricting commercial solar development on millions of acres of prime farmland. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
• A Washington entrepreneur’s “solar rover” is helping to provide portable, clean energy to events throughout the Pacific Northwest. (Seattle Times)

WIND:
• The U.S. Department of Energy is offering up to $8 million for projects aiming to make offshore wind turbines lighter and more efficient. (Greentech Media)
• Developers want to connect wind farms in Texas with power lines, but they’re a hard sell, particularly among landowners. (Houston Chronicle)

CLEAN ENERGY:
A bill to put Minnesota on a path to 100 percent clean energy by 2050 fails to pass in the Legislature along with several other clean energy proposals after end-of-session negotiations unravel. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• By switching to 100% renewable energy, Dallas will reduce energy costs by almost $80 million over 10 years. (PV Tech)

NUCLEAR: Under Florida law, Disney World could build its own nuclear reactor, but many say it’s unlikely. (Pacific Standard)

COAL: Part of a former Pennsylvania coal plant site is being converted into a marijuana growing operation. (NPR)

GRID: A San Diego utility’s plan to build 100 MW of battery-backed microgrids suffers a setback with a judge’s ruling. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
Tree trimmers are in high demand as California utilities face increasing pressure to reduce wildfire risks by keeping lines clear of branches, limbs and other vegetation. (New York Times)
• City officials in Boulder, Colorado, say a recent legal settlement with Xcel Energy won’t deter them from forming their own municipal utility should voters endorse such a move. (Boulder Daily Camera)

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BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA plans to unveil a narrower version of its proposed biofuel credit market reform this month after concluding many of its ideas require more time to study, according to sources. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• An energy policy expert writes that small advanced nuclear reactors are advancing faster than many anticipated. (Greentech Media)
• A World Wildlife Fund scientist says hydropower dams are fragmenting aquatic habitats and worsening freshwater species decline. (The Hill)
• Rural Midwestern residents embracing renewable energy in Ohio are “ignoring the rhetoric” from President Trump. (Washington Post)

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