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Senate prepares for vote on sweeping energy package

CONGRESS: The Senate could vote this week on a sweeping energy package that includes funding for clean energy, though it’s expected to draw opposition from Democrats who want stronger climate requirements. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES:
Environmental groups worry a ruling in favor of the the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would open up more national parks to energy development. (Politico)
Natural gas pipelines’ contracts insulate them from the emerging movement to prohibit new gas hookups, but long-term financial risks still loom. (S&P Global)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A Vermont city starts a pilot program to allow private owners of electric vehicle chargers to make them available to the public via an app. (Energy News Network)
A Republican U.S. senator wants to place an income limit on federal electric vehicle tax credits and eliminate them for vehicles over $45,000. (The Hill)
• Massachusetts lawmakers try to balance the urgency of electrifying Boston’s transit system with allowing time to overcome logistical obstacles. (State House News Service)

TRANSPORTATION: The U.S. vehicle fleet set a record for fuel efficiency in 2018 with additional gains expected to be reported for 2019. (Reuters)

POLICY:
Dominion Energy continues to wield political influence in Virginia despite Democrats’ new legislative majorities as a committee kills a bipartisan bill that would have subjected the utility’s rates to more scrutiny. (Washington Post)
South Carolina is seen by some as a model for how bipartisan clean energy legislation can be accomplished in a conservative state. (Charleston Business) 

EFFICIENCY: As more Minnesota cities consider energy benchmarking programs, evidence suggests that the state’s first such policy in Minneapolis is helping to nudge energy consumption lower. (Energy News Network)

MICROGRIDS: A microgrid research center in Minnesota allows other schools and companies to test systems and products there. (Finance & Commerce)

COAL:
Montana’s largest utility says early coal plant closures raise the probability of blackouts. (Montana Public Radio)
Coal deliveries to U.S. power plants declined 6.7% in 2019, according to federal data. (S&P Global)

CLEAN ENERGY: A clean energy partnership between Los Angeles and the Navajo Nation could be transformational for both parties. (Earther)

CLIMATE: An Oregon case weighs whether climate change is urgent enough to justify a crime — in this case, blocking access to an oil facility. (InsideClimate News)

BIOGAS: Officials will unveil Indiana’s largest renewable natural gas plant today, a $25 million project supplied by landfill methane gas. (Inside Indiana Business)

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EMISSIONS: Grid operator PJM “could be a bellwether of the speed and depth of decarbonization” due to its size, connectivity and planned power plant retirements. (McKinsey)

COMMENTARY:
Oil spills are on the rise 10 years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a progressive think tank reports. (Center for American Progress)
Bernie Sanders’ plan to nationalize electricity production isn’t as radical as it might seem and has historical precedent, a journalist writes. (New Republic)

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