A New Mexico utility charts a future without coal 

NOTE TO READERS: Western Energy News is taking a break July 3-5 for Independence Day. We will resume on Monday, July 8. COAL: New Mexico’s largest utility files its plan with state regulators to close a coal plant and replace its power with a mix of natural gas, solar and wind energy. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• The owner of two Wyoming coal mines files for bankruptcy in West Virginia. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• A new study commissioned by a national environmental group finds that continuing to operate two units at a Colorado Springs coal plant is far more expensive than switching to solar and wind energy.

Los Angeles secures record low prices for solar plus storage 

SOLAR: Los Angeles has struck a deal on the largest and cheapest solar plus storage project in the world, which will provide 7% of the city’s electrical demand. (Forbes)

POLITICS:
• Republicans returned to the Oregon Senate on Saturday ending a nine-day walkout over a cap-and-trade bill which was sent back to committee and effectively killed for the session. (Associated Press)
• One of the 11 Republicans that fled Oregon to derail a landmark climate bill received $21,000 in campaign contributions from Koch Industries, which owns two mills that would have been impacted by the legislation. (The Oregonian)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• California air quality regulators voted to require fleet operators to use zero emission shuttles at the state’s largest airports by 2035.

Before climate drama, Oregon passed aggressive electric vehicle bill

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Prior to a walkout by Republicans over climate legislation, Oregon lawmakers pass legislation seeking to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles with the goal of having every nine out of 10 new car sales be electric by 2035. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
• Nevada regulators vote to set aside $1.5 million from a state program to pay for electric school buses, a fraction of what advocates requested. (Nevada Current)
• Washington state has the third highest percentage of electric or hybrid vehicles, according to a new report. (KOMO)
• Dozens of mayors from Hawaii cities are committing to buy more electric vehicles for their fleets. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
• Meanwhile, a longtime Hawaii tour operator has added two electric buses to its fleet.

California, Canada strike deal to promote cleaner cars

TRANSPORTATION: As the Trump administration seeks to prevent California from setting its own vehicle emissions standards, the state and Canada sign an agreement to advance cleaner fuels and cars. (Reuters)

POLITICS:
• Supporters of an Oregon climate bill dispute the assertion by some top Democrats that the legislation is dead. (Bloomberg)
• The standoff over the Oregon climate bill was inevitable given the state’s deep political divide between urban and rural areas, some experts say. (Associated Press)
• Petitions are set to begin circulating this week for a Utah ballot initiative to enact a carbon tax. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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Oregon Democrats declare climate bill dead

POLITICS: The president of the Oregon Senate says the climate bill that triggered a Republican walkout does not have enough votes from Democrats to pass. (The Oregonian)

UTILITIES:
• Major bondholders for PG&E have filed a plan in bankruptcy court proposing to set aside up to $18 billion to settle wildfire damage claims and rename the troubled utility. (Sacramento Bee)
• Nevada’s largest utility makes a big commitment to solar plus storage after many of its large customers demand more clean energy. (Utility Dive)
• The city of Fresno, California considers joining a government-run energy program. (The Business Journal)

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