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U.S. surpasses 2 million solar installations

SOLAR: The U.S. surpasses 2 million solar installations and looks to “dominate” the 2020s, according to a clean energy analyst’s latest report. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
Solar installers in Massachusetts say a recent merger of two utilities has thrown a “curveball” into a state incentive program that will undermine development in low-income communities. (Energy News Network)
South Carolina’s state Senate overwhelmingly approves a bill that supporters say will keep the rooftop solar industry in business in the state and help homeowners save money. (Charlotte Observer)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Americans are warming to electric vehicles but most aren’t ready to buy yet, according to a new study by AAA. (CNBC)
General Motors is in talks to sell a former Ohio plant to a new entity that would build electric vehicles. (CNET)

EFFICIENCY:
• The Department of Energy is looking to invest $33.5 million in energy efficient construction technology and building techniques. (Utility Dive)
Financing used for energy efficiency upgrades at a Cleveland office building may help solve the split-incentive problem with tenant-occupied buildings. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS:
U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota introduces a federal Clean Energy Standard seeking zero emissions power by 2050. (CBS 3)
Walmart says its suppliers have avoided more than 102 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the past two years. (Democrat Gazette)

NUCLEAR:
Exelon says the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania will shut down by Sept. 30 as planned, as legislation to support the plant remains stalled in committee. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Nevada’s U.S. senators will visit the site north of Las Vegas where the federal government secretly shipped plutonium. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: A Tennessee county and two cities file a lawsuit accusing against the Tennessee Valley Authority and a contractor of hiding and destroying evidence related to the nation’s largest coal ash spill. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

PIPELINES: An environmental group files a formal ethics complaint against a North Carolina state senator whose law firm was hired by Duke Energy for work related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (The State)

OIL & GAS: The oil and gas boom in West Texas is producing unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to an environmental group’s report. (Associated Press)

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COAL:
Dozens of retired coal miners ask lawmakers in Washington to rescue a pension fund at risk from mining company bankruptcies. (Associated Press)
A major Wyoming coal producer gets a three-day extension on a critical debt payment as the threat of bankruptcy grows. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
A clean energy attorney says regional grid operators and wholesale markets limit states’ ability to set their own resource mix. (Utility Dive)
U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen says “misguided” efforts in Congress to revive Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository “pose a serious threat to the health and safety of Nevadans, and our national security.” (Las Vegas Sun)

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