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Alaska’s new climate change plan seeks to reduce reliance on fossil fuels

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CLIMATE: Alaska’s governor signs off on a non-binding climate change action plan, which among other things recommends the state consider a carbon tax and reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by the oil and gas industry. (Juneau Empire)

TECHNOLOGY: A California company announces it’s developed a rechargeable battery that operates on zinc and air and can store power for less than the cost of a lithium-ion battery. (New York Times)

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• Two years after Tesla bought the nation’s largest residential solar installation company, no one is really sure what’s going on with SolarCity though some customers are not impressed. (Greentech Media)
• A Hawaii university signs a 20-year power purchase agreement with a solar developer to build an array on its aquaculture research facility. (Solar Power World)

GREEN JOBS: The Los Angeles area is the nation’s top metro area for clean energy jobs, according to a new study. (Orange County Register)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla officials are grilled by New Mexico lawmakers contemplating a proposal to allow the company to open retail outlets in the state. (Albuquerque Journal)

OIL AND GAS: The BLM has approved a proposed right-of-way for what could become the largest oil shale mining project in the country if the Estonian company behind the plan gains final approval for the Utah site. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

GRID: Due to record high temperatures this summer, Western electricity prices reached their highest levels since 2008. (Energy Manager Today)

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• Several Western gubernatorial races will determine the future of clean energy in those states. (InsideClimate News)
• The parent company of Arizona’s largest utility donated $50,000 to a political action committee to help a candidate running for state office who opposes a clean energy initiative its campaigned against. (Phoenix New Times)
• Supporters of a Colorado ballot measure to increase setbacks between oil and gas sites and populated areas say the industry is using “dirty tricks” to try to confuse votes and sink the effort. (Westword)

COMMENTARY: Arizona’s attorney general should have stayed out of the fight over a clean energy initiative, says a columnist for the Arizona Republic.

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