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VW settlement funds slated for 2,800 EV chargers in 17 cities

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Volkswagen settlement funds will be used to install 2,800 charging stations in 17 U.S. cities by June 2019, most of them at workplaces and multi-unit dwellings. (Los Angeles Times)

• Tesla is blocking new taxi drivers from using its Supercharger network. (Silicon Valley Business Journal)
• A look at what needs to happen before electric cars can become the norm. (New York Times)

RENEWABLES: A Minnesota electric cooperative is among the latest utilities to offer a commercial green tariff program in response to growing corporate demand for renewable energy. (Midwest Energy News)

• Solar advocates are suing Montana’s Public Service Commission over its decision to slash the rates utilities pay to small renewable developers, saying it would hurt solar investment. (Utility Dive)
• Solar power is still expanding in the United States — even if the Trump administration rarely mentions it — with the nation’s solar output rising 47 percent in the first three quarters of 2017. (Washington Post)
• The lowest solar power purchase agreement price in U.S. history was announced last week in Texas, despite uncertainty over solar import tariffs. (Greentech Media)
• President Trump is expected to decide by next month whether to implement solar import tariffs, which would put at risk as much as $5.6 billion in solar investments and nearly 15,000 jobs in four Southeast states, an analysis finds. (Southeast Energy News)

BIOMASS: A bed-and-breakfast is suing a county planning commission over the construction of a 30-megawatt biomass power plant on Hawaii’s Big Island. (Pacific Business News)

UTILITIES: Multiple California utilities are under investigation for potentially playing a role in California’s recent wildfires. (Greentech Media)

GRID: A utility analyst says Sunday’s 11-hour power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport highlights the grid’s vulnerability and the modern economy’s dependence on reliable electric power. (Bloomberg)

• Federal regulators find new evidence of an ongoing oil release stretching for miles at the site of a 13-year-old leak off Louisiana’s coast. (Associated Press)
• Michigan’s largest municipally owned utility announces plans to build a $500 million natural gas-powered plant at the site of a soon-to-be-retired coal plant in Lansing, the utility’s last remaining coal plant. (Lansing State Journal)

PIPELINES: Houston-based pipeline developer Tellurian is proposing to build a $7 billion network of natural gas pipelines from West Texas’ Permian Basin to export hubs in southern Louisiana. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL: The looming shutdown of Arizona’s coal-fired Navajo Generating Station has rattled hundreds of Navajo workers who would lose their jobs. (NBC)

NUCLEAR: A lawyer representing electric customers asks for a court order to stop the parent company of a South Carolina utility from paying investors an $87 million quarterly dividend just days after the company told regulators it could become insolvent if it’s forced to stop charging customers for a failed nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

POLICY: Congress is preparing to vote this week on a sweeping tax bill that preserves tax credits for wind energy, solar power and electric vehicles. (InsideClimate News)

REGULATIONS: ProPublica examines the effluent rule the EPA is preparing to overturn, a move environmental experts say pushes aside science and prevailing industry practices to benefit a handful of coal-fired power plants that were having trouble meeting new standards. (ProPublica)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The EPA is requesting input from industry and the public on how to replace the Clean Power Plan, which imposes climate regulations on the power sector. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: The Trump administration omits climate change as a national security threat in its National Security Strategy. (Quartz)

• The GOP tax bill preserves energy subsidies totaling tens of billions of dollars, while lawmakers brush aside the prospect of a carbon tax, says a columnist for Axios.
• A clean energy advocate says utility plans in Wisconsin and Missouri to replace coal plants with renewables are among the most notable coal announcements this year. (Forbes)

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