Energy news in brief

**  Carlsbad, New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant recently accepted its first large cask of low-level waste in six years since two incidents in 2014 ceased operations.

** Two lighting industry organizations have withdrawn their lawsuit challenging California’s new efficiency standards for lightbulbs.

** A new report from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality indicates wood stoves and chimneys emit pollution at levels similar to a wildfire.

** Tri-State Generation and Transmission based in Colorado plans to build eight new solar and wind projects by 2024 and cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 90% by 2030.

** A new Minneapolis ordinance takes effect requiring an energy efficiency score on homes for sale. 

** The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects 61,000 MW of renewables to come online through 2021, replacing capacity from retiring coal plants.

** General Motors has a purchase agreement for vacant land next to its former Lordstown assembly plant in Ohio for a battery factory.