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Trump administration set to gut Obama-era mileage standards

TRANSPORTATION: In a blow to climate action and public health, the Trump administration is expected to finalize as soon as today a rule that will weaken Obama-era gas mileage standards for cars and pickup trucks. (Washington Post)

ALSO: Electric vehicle advocates fear the rollback could hinder progress on electric vehicle deployment in the country. (Utility Dive)

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GRID:
“This is pretty unprecedented”: New York’s decision to require grid operators to live full-time at control facilities is a test case for the rest of the country. (E&E News)
Virginia regulators again reject parts of Dominion Energy’s grid modernization plan, saying the utility didn’t justify customer benefit. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A Chicago resident receives a fellowship to develop a curriculum and train auto dealers to better sell electric vehicles. (Energy News Network)
Virginia regulators plan to study the impacts of electric vehicle charging infrastructure on the state’s grid. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• A California startup has developed transparent solar cells to create a “solar glass” that can turn sunlight into energy. (CNN)
• Minnesota installers say the available space for residential rooftop solar will shrink by at least 20% due to new building safety codes. (Energy News Network)
• A solar company is hiring in Indiana, citing demand for residential installations and “energy independence” during the pandemic. (RTV6)

WIND: Experts say equipping California’s wind farms to provide grid services and paying operators for doing so could help resurrect the state’s dormant wind market. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE: Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature passes the state’s first-ever bill including the words “climate change.” (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
The Keystone XL pipeline developer is moving forward with construction as lawsuits loom, a strategy also taken to get the Dakota Access pipeline operating. (E&E News, subscription)
Virginia and West Virginia residents raise concerns about Mountain Valley Pipeline construction resuming this spring, saying crews from other states should not be coming during the coronavirus pandemic. (WDBJ)

OIL & GAS:
• The U.S. Supreme Court rules Citgo is financially responsible for cleanup costs for a 2004 oil spill in the Delaware River. (The Hill)
• Financially overextended natural gas companies are likely to compound the economic challenges for rural Pennsylvania as prices fall. (New York Times)

COAL:
New York’s last coal-fired power plant will shut down permanently today; a developer is seeking state funds to convert the site into a data center. (Buffalo News)
Consol Energy closes a Pennsylvania coal mine, idling 500 employees, after two workers test positive for COVID-19. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

EMISSIONS: City officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan, unveil a $1 billion plan to make the city carbon neutral by 2030. (MLive)

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TECHNOLOGY: A Colorado company that uses excess natural gas to power cryptocurrency servers hopes to have 35 operations deployed throughout the Rocky Mountain region as soon as June. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Coal mining is an essential job in the long-term, but mines could be hotbeds for the spread of the coronavirus, a union leader writes. (Times West Virginian)

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