Oregon court says citizens were cut out of energy siting process

OVERSIGHT: The Oregon Supreme Court says state officials failed to consider public input before issuing permits for a wind farm and a natural gas plant; the ruling could have implications for other energy projects as well. (Willamette Week)

TRANSPORTATION: Thirteen states including California, Oregon and Washington sue the Trump Administration, arguing it broke the law by cutting penalties for automakers that do not meet Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. (The Hill)

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COAL:
• Contura Energy has made a successful bid at an auction for the assets of two  Blackjewel LLC coal mines in Wyoming and one in West Virginia, subject to a federal bankruptcy judge’s approval today.

House climate panel seeks lessons from Colorado

CLIMATE: At the first hearing of a new U.S. House committee on climate change, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and other officials talk about the state’s progress in reducing emissions. (Westword)

NATURAL GAS: Officials in 17 California cities have passed resolutions opposing efforts to prohibit new natural gas connections. (Daily Bulletin)

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CARBON CAPTURE: The company proposing to install carbon capture technology at a New Mexico coal plant says it is pursuing federal funding for a more in-depth engineering study.

Energy traders pulling in millions from California ratepayers

UTILITIES: An investigation finds that energy traders have pulled more than $866 million from California ratepayers over the past 10 years. (Sacramento Bee)

ALSO: Nevada utility NV Energy is suing a French company for $45 million, saying faulty materials are to blame for a string of equipment failures over the past nine years. (Nevada Independent)

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WIND: Hundreds of fiberglass wind turbine blades are being disposed of at a Wyoming landfill, but the operator says they’re preferable to oil field waste.

As fields dry up, California farmers turn to solar

SOLAR: Some California farmers are looking to solar energy as an income source as water shortages force farmland out of commission. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: A recently passed bill in Oregon could speed solar development by giving counties more control over the process. (Capital Press)

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GRID: A California city drops plans for a natural gas peaker plant in favor of energy storage and efficiency.

Colorado strikes deal with automakers on electric vehicles

TRANSPORTATION: Colorado reaches an agreement with major automakers to expand the availability of zero-emission vehicles in the state. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• California is pushing ahead with autonomous vehicles, which proponents say can improve safety and reduce emissions. (CalMatters)
• Hawaii is becoming a proving ground for electric aircraft. (Greentech Media)

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