Nevada lawmakers consider new clean energy push

NOTE TO READERS: Western Energy News is taking a break for Thanksgiving. We will return on Monday, November 26. POLITICS: Some Democratic lawmakers in Nevada say they plan to introduce legislation that would raise the state’s renewable energy requirement above 50 percent by 2030, the threshold recently approved by voters. (Nevada Independent)

ALSO: Supporters of a failed carbon fee proposal in Washington look to a successful Portland clean energy initiative for inspiration about the path ahead. (Crosscut)

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Wildfires could stymie California climate progress

CALIFORNIA: California could struggle to meet its clean energy goals if the state’s largest utility goes bankrupt because of wildfire liabilities. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: California’s largest utility reported a second power outage on the day a deadly wildfire erupted, according to a new report filed with regulators. (Reuters)

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Arizona utility plans 1,000 MW of new solar

SOLAR: Facing criticism about the amount of clean power it currently uses, an Arizona utility plans to add 1,000 MW of solar energy over the next seven years, a 400 percent increase over its current level. (Arizona Republic)

ALSO:
• A California solar company’s CEO talks about how she went from begging people at county fairs to become clean energy customers to running the nation’s largest residential installation company. (Greentech Media)
• Tesla slashes prices on its residential solar systems in an effort to boost sluggish sales. (Reuters)
• An Idaho winery becomes the first in the state to use solar energy. (Idaho Press)

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Crab industry sues Big Oil over climate impacts

CLIMATE: A coalition of West Coast commercial crab fishermen sues 30 oil and gas companies over damage to the industry caused by climate change. (InsideClimate News)

POLITICS:
• Democratic lawmakers in Nevada plan on introducing legislation to increase the state’s renewable energy standards rather than waiting until voters decide on a constitutional amendment in 2020. (Las Vegas Sun)
• Now that an Arizona clean energy initiative has been shot down, clean energy advocates question whether the state’s largest utility will make good on its promise to use more solar, wind and storage. (Utility Dive)

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Colorado ski resort takes a big step toward clean energy goal

WIND: Vail Resorts buys enough wind power to offset its emissions for the 2019 fiscal year, the company’s first major step toward achieving zero emissions by 2030. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

RENEWABLES:
• Clean energy industry officials say Colorado could get all of its energy from renewable sources before 2040, the deadline being eyed by the state’s new governor. (CBS Denver)
• Solar, wind and storage have almost eliminated natural gas among proposed new generation projects in California. (Greentech Media)
• A Wyoming ski resort will run its lifts on clean energy. (Jackson Hole News & Guide)

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