U.S. Energy Secretary: No more money for renewable energy

RENEWABLES: Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette says spending federal money on renewables is “inappropriate” because the technology is already viable. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
• Massachusetts cities participating in municipal energy aggregation programs are “shattering expectations,” according to a new report. (Energy New Network)
• Advocates host an energy justice summit in North Carolina to discuss barriers that prevent low-income people from using renewables. (Watauga Democrat) 

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Carbon tax fades from agenda as candidates push bolder plans

POLITICS: Carbon taxes have lost their political allure over the past decade as candidates shifted to more ambitious proposals such as the Green New Deal. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reads the entirety of the Green New Deal on the House floor after noting some colleagues say they haven’t read it. (The Hill)
• A new analysis by centrist think tank Third Way says some climate and energy legislation has a shot of passing this year in a divided Congress. (Axios)

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Analysis: Uber, Lyft lead to more emissions than alternatives

TRANSPORTATION: Uber and Lyft emit nearly 70% more carbon dioxide than the transportation forms they displace because of the miles the vehicles travel between hired rides, according to a new analysis. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• Michigan’s governor creates an office of “future mobility and electrification” and a chief mobility officer position. (Michigan Radio)
• The U.S. Senate’s $287 billion transportation bill for the first time ever contains a section on climate that calls for new funding for transit. (E&E News, subscription)

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JPMorgan Chase won’t fund Arctic oil and gas development

OIL & GAS: JPMorgan Chase says it will bar the financing of oil and gas development in the Arctic but continue backing oil and gas projects elsewhere. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has put off efforts to disclose his investment portfolio, but as of last year it included companies involved in fracking. (The Intercept)
• A natural gas flaring researcher says a Texas regulator’s report on flaring is “a joke,” relying too much on pro-industry talking points. (KUT)

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Michigan utility commits to net zero carbon by 2040

UTILITIES: Consumers Energy announces plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 — the most ambitious net-zero target yet for a U.S. utility. (Associated Press, Michigan Radio)

SOLAR:
• A regulatory decision in Michigan could provide a boost to solar developers looking to develop projects for utilities. (Greentech Media)
• Indiana regulators approve plans for a 20 MW solar project. (Daily Energy Insider)

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COAL: A Wisconsin agency plans to seek approval from the U.S. EPA to regulate coal ash landfills and ponds.