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An Arizona clean energy initiative is bound for the November ballot

CLEAN ENERGY: Supporters of an initiative to force Arizona utilities to get half of their power from renewables by 2030 turn in more than twice the amount of signatures needed to place the measure on the November ballot. (Arizona Republic)

ALSO:
• Supporters of a Portland initiative to create a local clean energy fund say they have twice the signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot this fall. (Portland Tribune)
• A California health care organization makes significant strides toward meeting its goal of being carbon neutral by 2020. (Green Biz)

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UTILITIES:
• The head of the agency that regulates utilities in Arizona resigns after colleagues raise conflict of interest questions about his wife’s work with the state’s largest utility. (Arizona Republic)
• Nevada regulators order the state’s largest utility to temporarily hold excess income taxes until they can make a decision about how it should spend savings from federal tax cuts. (Nevada Independent)

GRID: A heat wave gripping most of Southern California is testing the state’s electric grid. (San Diego Union Tribune)

CLIMATE: The plaintiffs in a Colorado climate change lawsuit against the nation’s top oil companies remain hopeful they can win even after a federal judge recently dismissed a similar case in California. (Vox)

STORAGE: Arizona’s largest utility is seeking proposals to add 106 MW of storage to existing solar facilities. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS: The executive director of the Sierra Club says Nevada is the most important state to “swing green” next fall. (Nevada Independent)

SOLAR:
• An Alaskan electric co-op breaks ground on what is slated to become the state’s largest solar farm. (Fairbanks News Miner)
• “Vog” from the eruption of a Hawaiian volcano has affected output from rooftop solar customers on the Big Island. (Hawaii Public Radio)
• Some motorists say glare off a 6 MW solar farm being built in eastern Oregon is making driving near the site dangerous. (East Oregonian)

TECHNOLOGY: Oregon State University buys five acres of coastal land to build a test facility for converting ocean wave energy to electricity. (KVAL)

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OIL AND GAS:
• New Mexico overtakes Alaska and California to become the third largest oil-producing state in the nation. (Albuquerque Journal)
• Some of the land BLM is proposing to lease in Colorado includes a coal mine methane site.  (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• With new blazes burning across Northern California, it’s an awkward time to pardon power companies that start fires, says an editorial board. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• The EPA’s plan to repeal rules that protect people who live near refineries could have devastating consequences for Utah’s “refinery row,” says an advisor to Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment. (Deseret News)
• The managers of Alaska’s Permanent Fund have a “losing” strategy when it comes to continuing to investing in oil, says a former state Assembly member. (Juneau Empire)

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