Study: Coal plants drive up consumer costs when they run at a loss

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! COAL: A preliminary analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists says power plant “self-committing” by utilities is driving up costs for customers. (Platts)

ALSO:
• An analysis of satellite images shows how parts of West Virginia with the most strip mining damage are also the most susceptible to increased stream flow and flooding. (InsideClimate News)
• An immigrant who survived the Chernobyl disaster now faces a yearslong attempt to clean coal ash contamination at his property in northwestern Indiana.

Study: Planned fossil fuel extraction puts planet on catastrophic path

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! EMISSIONS: The world’s top 10 fossil fuel-producing countries are on track to extract far more oil, gas and coal by 2030 than the planet can handle without catastrophic warming, according to a new analysis by six organizations. (HuffPost)

ALSO:
• There’s no shortage of ideas to reduce cement’s weighty carbon footprint, but most are either in infancy or face significant barriers to adoption. (Grist)
• Lawmakers from western Pennsylvania will fight Gov. Tom Wolf’s move to join a regional cap-and-trade emissions compact, saying it will hurt the fossil fuel sector and consumers.

California warns carmakers to not be ‘on the wrong side of history’

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! TRANSPORTATION: California’s government will stop purchases of new vehicles from automakers that backed stripping the state of its authority to regulate tailpipe emissions. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Lyft adds 200 long-range electric vehicles into its Denver, Colorado rental program, the largest EV deployment in the state’s history. (Utility Dive)
• General Motors realigns the composition of its workforce to focus more on electric and self-driving vehicles.

States file lawsuit to defend fuel-efficiency standards

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! EMISSIONS: California and 22 other states sue the U.S. EPA, asking a federal court to protect its right to set fuel-efficiency standards. (Washington Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Vermont launches an electric bus pilot program to see whether they can be a cost-effective option and handle the state’s rural roads. (Energy News Network)
• As electric vehicle ownership increases in Minnesota, drivers say a lack of charging stations in rural areas remains a challenge.

Electric bus manufacturers can’t keep up with demand from cities

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! ELECTRIC VEHICLES: U.S. electric bus demand is outpacing production as more cities look to electrify their transit fleets. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• Tesla shares skyrocket from a rare quarterly profit for investors, surpassing General Motors as the most valuable car company in the United States. (Reuters)
• Ford will release its electric sport utility vehicle under its Mustang brand, which has been used up until now for sporty coupes.