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As solar power's technology becomes more cost-effective, utility companies are making moves, per the AP.

What does that mean for me?: You could go off the grid and install your own solar panels, but for a lot of people — like apartment dwellers or citizens of Seattle — a personal solar array isn't an option. Utility companies are well aware that many would like to utilize solar energy but cannot, so they're both trying to get ahead of the curve and preserve their own business by investing in community solar projects.

Community solar?: You'd agree to buy or lease solar panels at an array maintained by your utility and the panels' energy production credits your account. One such proposed plan: pay $70 upfront for a share in power potential from a community array, which estimates say should pay for itself in 3 years, allowing customers to rack up the savings from that point on.

Can I get in on this?: 4 states (CA, CO, MA, and MN) already mandate their utilities to get involved with community solar projects by law. Even beyond that, utilities now maintain 20% of community solar programs, representing 70% of potential output, in 32 states across the country. And Duke Energy, the largest electricity utility in the country, just announced a massive community solar project of their own.

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Pete Buttigieg, President Biden's nominee to lead the Transportation Department, will tell senators he plans to prioritize the health and safety of public transportation systems during the pandemic — and look to infrastructure projects to rebuild the economy — according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by Axios.

Driving the news: Buttigieg will testify at 10 a.m. ET before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. He is expected to face a relatively smooth confirmation process, though GOP lawmakers may press him on "green" elements of Biden's transportation proposals.

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Episode 8: The siege

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 8: The siege. An inside account of the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6 that ultimately failed to block the certification of the Electoral College. And, finally, Trump's concession.

On Jan. 6, White House deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger entered the West Wing in the mid-afternoon, shortly after his colleagues' phones had lit up with an emergency curfew alert from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Tech companies worry about becoming targets

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Tech employees are on high alert about their own personal safety as their employers roll out policies to ban or limit the reach of far-right extremists angry over former President Donald Trump's defeat.

Why it matters: As tech companies impose aggressive policies after the Capitol riot, employees will be the target of vitriol from aggrieved people who think tech and the media are conspiring to silence Trump and conservatives more broadly.