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Trump administration scraps state vehicle emissions tracking rule

EMISSIONS: The U.S. Transportation Department repeals an Obama-era rule requiring states to track greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY:
• Obama-era energy efficiency policies remain one of the few climate change strategies the Trump administration hasn’t attempted to repeal. (E&E News)
• Iowa utilities have less than six weeks to revise energy efficiency plans to reflect a new state law capping spending. (Midwest Energy News)
• A new Vermont law will place pressure on the U.S. Department of Energy to move forward on new efficiency standards. (Utility Dive)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The number of electric vehicles worldwide is expected to triple in the next two years to 13 million by 2020, according to the International Energy Agency. (The Hill)
• Consumer Reports reverses a negative review and recommends Tesla’s Model 3 sedan after the company updated firmware to improve the car’s braking distance. (Reuters)
• Panasonic, the exclusive battery cell supplier for Tesla’s Model 3, says it’s working to develop automotive batteries that don’t contain cobalt. (Reuters)

GRID:
• An Arizona utility will build the state’s first standalone energy storage plant to deliver peak power for the greater Phoenix area. (Greentech Media)
• A national grid reliability organization warns that Texas won’t be able to meet demand this summer as a result of power plant closures. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: A federal court’s decision upholding nuclear power subsidies in Illinois could embolden other states to pursue similar programs. (Platts)

UTILITIES: MidAmerican Energy will become the country’s first investor-owned utility to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewables after it completes a 591 MW wind farm in Iowa in 2020. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: TransCanada is showering Nebraska public officials with campaign cash as it seeks approval for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: Exxon’s CEO says the oil giant will boost oil and gas production even if lawmakers make rules to combat climate change. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A South Korean company plans to construct a solar module manufacturing facility near Dalton, Georgia, which it says will create 500 jobs, as the Trump administration’s tariffs appear to be boosting domestic manufacturing. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bloomberg)
• Investors seem to be warming up to solar stocks in 2018. (Greentech Media)
• Plants in the Southwest and California are the top producing solar projects in the nation, according to a new analysis. (Greentech Media)

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CLIMATE:
• Obama-era EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will lead a new climate change and policy center at Harvard University. (The Hill)
• A former NASA employee says agency staff fears climate science funding will be cut under the Trump administration. (The Guardian)

COMMENTARY:
• Canada’s controversial Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion will threaten marine life and counter everything Washington state is doing to fight climate change, says governor Jay Inslee. (Seattle Times)
• A libertarian group asks: If nuclear plants are so critical to national security, why doesn’t the federal government just take them over? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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