Colorado co-op makes makes major clean energy pledge

RENEWABLES:
• A rural Colorado co-op formally commits to get 70 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 without increasing customers’ costs; a recent Q&A further explores the co-op’s ambition . (The Aspen Times, Energy News Network archive)

ALSO:
• A leading credit rating agency predicts that California’s new clean energy mandate court hurt local utilities’ credit rating in the future. (Bloomberg)
• Some Portland nonprofits are already providing clean, efficient energy to low-income residents, but supporters of a proposed tax on large retailers that would pay for the same say the measure is still necessary. (Willamette Week)

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Expert: Energy efficiency could play bigger role in climate fight

EFFICIENCY: A paper from the Rocky Mountain Institute says size and cost of potential savings from energy efficiency is much larger and cheaper than previously believed. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: A Missouri program has rated thousands of homes for their energy efficiency potential, but homebuyers have been slow to use the information. (Energy News Network)

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UTILITIES:
• An Indiana utility plans to retire its remaining coal units within a decade, likely replacing them with wind, solar and storage. (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
• A rural Colorado co-op formally commits to get 70 percent of electricity from renewables by 2030 without increasing customers’ costs. (The Aspen Times)

COAL:
• In a move designed to guarantee future cleanups, Wyoming’s largest coal companies would be effectively prohibited from issuing their own bonds under a plan being considered by state officials.

Indiana utility plans shift from coal to renewables in next decade

COAL:
• Indiana utility NIPSCO plans to retire its remaining coal units within a decade, likely replacing them with wind, solar and batteries. (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
• Environmental groups say a draft plan to monitor emissions from an Illinois coal plant is inadequate. (WMBD)

GRID: Utility investments in fiber optics could provide new revenue while improving the connection between smart devices and the grid, researchers say. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• Amid Illinois’ push for solar development, ratepayer advocates say community solar is a “game-changer” for removing barriers to access.

Report: New Jersey nuclear plant retirement could boost demand for gas

NUCLEAR: The retirement of New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant could increase demand for natural gas, according to a recent analysis. (Argus Media)

ALSO:
• Connecticut’s largest nuclear power plant is competing with dozens of wind and solar projects for a utility contract to provide zero-carbon electricity. (Hartford Business Journal)
• Nuclear energy opponents want to prevent radioactive waste from a shuttered Vermont power plant from being stored near the Texas-New Mexico border. (VPR)

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OIL & GAS: Boston officials ask state utility regulators to update their natural gas safety measures following a series of home explosions outside the city last week. (WWLP)

SOLAR:
• A 133-room hotel in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, becomes the first Marriott-branded hotel in the country to run off 100 percent solar power.

Virginia could become East Coast’s offshore wind hub, report says

WIND: Virginia could become a hub for offshore wind on the East Coast because of its port infrastructure, maritime workforce, and geography, says a new report commissioned by the state’s Sierra Club chapter. (Virginia Mercury)

MORE:
• A Texas county is divided over a proposal to lease property from landowners for a wind farm. (KTXS)
• Offshore wind farms could provide a buffer from storm damage for coastal communities in Texas and Louisiana, a study suggests. (Physics World)

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COAL ASH: Another worker dies from cancer linked to coal ash toxins after working to clean up TVA’s Kingston coal ash spill.