• Tesla says it will nearly double its global network of Superchargers this year from 5,400 to 10,000, including 1,000 new charging units in California. (Los Angeles Times)
• The elimination of tax credits for electric vehicles won’t hurt the sales of luxury cars like Teslas, but will threaten cheaper classes of EVs. (Bloomberg)

Perovskite solar cell technology could help the U.S. challenge China’s dominance over the global solar market. (E&E News)
• Hawaiian Electric agrees to buy power from a 49-megawatt solar array on Oahu that could become Hawaii’s largest solar facility when it’s completed in 2019. (Pacific Business News)

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Apple has signed power purchase agreements with two major renewable-energy projects in Oregon. (Portland Business Journal)
• Hawaii’s largest electric utility publishes several statistics showing progress towards its 100 percent renewable energy target. (Greentech Media)
• The president of Appalachian Power says investing in renewable energy is crucial for appealing to tech companies and bringing more good-paying tech jobs to the region. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Minnesota clean energy businesses will lobby the legislature as part of the state’s first ever “Clean Energy Business Day.” (Midwest Energy News)

• Renewable energy operators say subsidizing nuclear plants is “the wrong policy” because it will reduce demand for new wind and solar farms. (Bloomberg)
• A House committee will consider a bill to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository by sidestepping Nevada’s ability to withhold permits for the project. (The Hill)

BIOFUEL: A D.C. appeals court hears oral arguments on a lawsuit that alleges the EPA isn’t enforcing the Renewable Fuel Standard, with attorneys on both sides saying the law is too ambiguous. (FuelFix)

• Trump administration officials confirm that the president will sign executive orders this week to expand offshore oil drilling. (Associated Press)
• Many gas companies in Pennsylvania are ignoring state requirements to make an effort to hire women, minority, and veteran-owned businesses. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A Texas-based company will do a fracking test to determine the production potential of crude oil locked in shale on Alaska’s North Slope, marking the first test of its kind for the area. (Alaska Dispatch News)
• A new Duke University study finds fracking did not contaminate groundwater in West Virginia, but wastewater spills did impact water quality in streams. (NPR)

• One of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal facilities is cited for six safety violations during the investigation of a worker’s death. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A federal court granted the Trump administration’s request to delay a decision on rules that limit water pollution from coal plants. (Associated Press)

• Unusually cold weather in Texas last month caused energy prices to skyrocket, leading to profits for power plants that were able to provide quick electricity. (Greentech Media)
• President Trump’s pro-fossil fuel rhetoric is casting doubt on the credibility of a 60-day review of the U.S. electric grid ordered by the Department of Energy. (Utility Dive)
• Illinois regulators hope to partner with utilities to address growing concern about the security of information and digital assets in the smart-grid era. (Midwest Energy News)

REGULATION: The EPA holds a three-hour call to ask the public which rules should be eliminated under President Trump’s executive order to cut regulations. (Huffington Post)

• By killing pipeline projects, lawmakers are hurting employment opportunities and raising gas prices for New Yorkers, according to the editorial board of the New York Post.
• The federal government shouldn’t intervene to rescue coal miners’ pensions, says the director of policy services for The Heritage Foundation. (The Hill)

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