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Shell CEO urges ‘pathways to net zero emissions’

CLIMATE: Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says climate change is not just an energy industry problem, and “all sectors need to figure out pathways to net zero emissions.” (Reuters)

ALSO:
• At an event in Houston, Chevron’s CEO says the industry should take more of a leadership role in reducing methane emissions. (Houston Chronicle)
Alaska’s Supreme Court hears arguments in a climate lawsuit led by 16 youth who say state policy encouraging oil development infringes on their right to a healthy environment. (Associated Press)

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GRID:
• Experts say California’s widespread power shutdowns are the result of relying on an outdated transmission network of electric lines strung over thousands of miles on vulnerable wooden poles. (Los Angeles Times)
Rooftop solar and home battery storage could play a significant role in balancing the electric grid, but federal regulators need to adopt policies to help make that happen, according to a recent report. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Advocates say an oil industry misinformation campaign helped sink a plan by National Grid to install thousands of electric vehicle charging stations in the Northeast. (Utility Dive)
Eight automakers urge North Carolina regulators to “act with urgency” to approve an electric vehicle charging pilot filed by Duke Energy in March. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Minnesota regulators reject attempts by manufacturing and oil industry groups to reverse the approval of a $25 million electric vehicle pilot program by Xcel Energy. (Utility Dive)
• Florida announces plans to spend more than $116 million of Volkswagen settlement money to replace diesel buses with electric. (WUSF)

SOLAR: At a public hearing this week, residents of a Georgia county weighed the pros and cons of a proposed 1.1 GW solar farm that could be one of the largest in the country. (WALB, Associated Press)

COAL:
Subsidiaries of a bankrupt coal company owned by a former University of Kentucky trustee still owe local governments more than $1 million in taxes. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• The Navajo Transitional Energy Company is to defend its purchase of Cloud Peak’s three Wyoming mines to the Navajo Nation Council today. (Navajo Times)

EFFICIENCY: A recent report finds that utilities are the main obstacle to Virginia reaching its energy efficiency potential. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES:
The Northern Indiana Public Service Co. seeks to retire the bulk of its coal fleet by 2023 and has issued a request for proposals for 2,300 MW of solar and solar-plus-storage. (Utility Dive)
Critics say PacifiCorp’s draft 20-year energy plan doesn’t go far enough to abandon coal power. (Deseret News)

NUCLEAR:
A New York state judge rejects a lawsuit challenging the state’s subsidies for nuclear plants. (Law360, subscription)
A coalition of dark-money groups have poured spending into a campaign to preserve bailouts for Ohio nuclear and coal plants. (Mother Jones)

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ANALYSIS: An environmental group says a new report from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative shows that consumers have saved $1 billion on their energy bills. (Natural Resource Defense Council)

COMMENTARY:
• George Monbiot says the “biggest and most successful lie” by opponents of climate action is that it is “a matter of consumer choice.” (The Guardian)
• A writer urges us not to forget about Kentucky coal miners who are still awaiting their paychecks. (Catholic News Service)

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