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Report: U.S. fossil fuel consumption for electricity drops to 1994 levels

FOSSIL FUELS: U.S. consumption of fossil fuels for electric power is at its lowest level since 1994, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Natural gas could surpass coal to become the nation’s top source of electricity generation by the end of the year. (Tribune-Review)
Fossil fuel companies have a history of using public affairs firms to drum up the illusion of grassroots support. (Grist)

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COAL: Electric utilities and other industries press a regional commission to end its role in restricting the dumping of toxic wastewater by coal-fired power plants into the Ohio River. (InsideClimate News)

PIPELINES: The Canadian government will buy a controversial pipeline project that would connect the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast. (Associated Press)

Investigators find PG&E at fault for three of last year’s California wildfires, which could lead to multibillion-dollar liabilities for the utility. (Greentech Media)
South Carolina regulators deny four petitions for reconsideration of controversial rate changes by SCG&E. (Utility Dive)

GRID: The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority signs a $900 million deal with an Oklahoma company to begin rebuilding its power grid following devastation by Hurricane Maria. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUEL: A coalition of ethanol and farm groups sues the EPA for granting federal biofuel requirement waivers to three oil refineries. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Strategically charging electric vehicles could save California billions of dollars by offsetting the need for energy storage investments, according to a recent study. (Greentech Media)

Low prices for solar-plus-storage are encouraging utilities to add more of the projects to their portfolios. (Ensia)
A roundup of 10 U.S. businesses that are investing in record amounts of solar power. (CNBC)
A Massachusetts solar developer is setting up shop in Illinois to take advantage of that state’s clean energy expansion. (Midwest Energy News)

AUTOMOTIVE: The Trump administration is justifying a move to allow more rebuilt diesel trucks on the road by citing a disavowed study that claims they don’t cause more pollution. (Los Angeles Times)

A podcast covers the energy and climate races to watch in the 2018 midterm election. (Greentech Media)
A former aide to Energy Secretary Rick Perry is now lobbying for energy companies, including FirstEnergy and Southern Company. (Bloomberg)

POLICY: A new integrated resource planning process adopted by Michigan lawmakers in 2016 will hold utilities accountable to their clean energy pledges, activists say. (Midwest Energy News)

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Seven statistics that show Americans’ attitudes towards climate change and clean energy. (Climate Reality Project)
•  A co-founder of the Heartland Institute tells allies that the Trump administration’s efforts to remove climate change mentions from official documents “is what victory looks like.” (The Hill)

• The Trump administration is stupid to ignore 97 percent of experts who agree that humans are causing global warming, says a columnist for The Guardian.
• Yucca Mountain is a zombie federal project that refuses to die, says a Nevada history professor. (The Conversation)

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