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Officials seek path for ‘Made in U.S.A.’ electric vehicles

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Uncertain mining potential and a lack of battery production facilities pose challenges as the United States tries to create its own electric vehicle supply chain, industry analysts say. (Reuters)

• Mercedes-Benz pledges to make its new passenger car fleet carbon-neutral within two decades by building fewer combustion engines. (CNN)
Several states are attempting to recoup lost gas tax revenues by imposing fees on electric vehicles. (Bloomberg)

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Minnesota nonprofits partner with developers to bring community solar to low-income residents. (Energy News Network)
• Virginia’s largest utility excluded solar-plus-storage projects from its long-term resource plan, saying storage is too costly. (PV Magazine)

WIND: A grid connection and 400 MW energy storage facility is planned for a former Massachusetts coal plant that is currently being dismantled to accommodate offshore wind development. (Herald News)

HYDROPOWER: A California company proposes a massive new hydroelectric facility east of the Sierra Nevadas, sparking opposition from some residents and environmentalists who say it will spoil local wilderness. (San Francisco Chronicle)

EFFICIENCY: A coalition of groups demands a hearing on an Energy Department proposal that would give manufacturers more power to determine the efficiency level of appliances. (The Hill)

• Atlanta has set ambitious renewable energy targets, but its utility Georgia Power has not incorporated the goals into its long-term plan. (WABE)
Ameren prepares to test a “transactive energy marketplace” in which customers could buy and sell power in real time. (Energy News Network)

• Conservation groups plan to sue two federal agencies and West Virginia over perceived threats to endangered species from surface mining. (Register-Herald)
• A Florida utility plans to retire a coal-fired power plant because it is increasingly expensive to run. (S&P Global)

• The promise of fusion energy is attracting entrepreneurs and investors willing to fund a long-shot bet against climate change. (New York Times)
Despite the announced closure of Three Mile Island, supporters in the Pennsylvania legislature of a nuclear subsidy say pending legislation will be passed. (RTO Insider)

POWER PLANTS: The recent rejection of an Indiana natural gas plant is among the latest examples of state regulators pushing utilities to plan for more decentralized generation. (Greentech Media)

Mild weather and cheap fuel in PJM’s territory led to significantly lower wholesale power prices in the first quarter compared to last year. (Utility Dive)
California officials say the first generation of state-funded microgrids are proving to be resilient and are delivering utility bill savings. (Greentech Media)

• U.S. oil output is expected to rise by about 83,000 barrels per day, largely because of the Permian Basin in Texas. (Reuters)
• President Trump will visit a Louisiana natural gas facility today to discuss exporting gas. (The Advocate)

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PIPELINES: North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa are among states that have adopted stricter penalties for pipeline protesters. (Grist)

• Clean energy advocates say transmission investments are needed to help drive renewable projects in markets across the U.S. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has potential to “force an overdue reckoning” between Democrats and their climate change rhetoric, Ezra Klein writes. (Vox)

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