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Another Colorado utility plans to go carbon-free

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RENEWABLES: A northern Colorado utility pledges to get all of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2030, two decades ahead of an ambitious goal recently set by Xcel Energy. (The Coloradoan)

ALSO:
• A Colorado electric co-op that wants to sever ties with its power provider has asked state utility regulators to intervene in the dispute, which is being driven by the rural utility’s desire for more clean energy. (Colorado Sun)
• Abandoned mines throughout the West are increasingly being eyed as potential clean energy sites. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• The Trump administration is moving forward with plans to ease restrictions on drilling and mining that were meant to protect the imperiled greater sage grouse and its Western habitat. (Associated Press)
• The Permian Basin holds as much 49 years worth of oil at current production rates, according to a new federal study. (Reuters)
• Aging gas-fired power plants along the California coast are getting upgraded or shut down as renewable energy becomes increasingly cost competitive. (Orange County Register)

UTILITIES:
• California’s three investor-owned utilities are preparing to move to time-of-use rates starting next year and continuing through 2020. (Utility Dive)
• California regulators are considering new rules about how and when utilities should shut off power to prevent wildfires. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• Analysts say a Washington utility remains a likely takeover target now that its $5.3 billion sale to Canadian company has been nixed by regulators. (The Spokesman-Review)

SOLAR: The BLM is considering a company’s plan to add a solar facility to an existing Nevada geothermal plant. (PV Magazine)

WIND: Scientists are studying how a proposed 100-turbine wind farm off the coast of central California might affect marine animals. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

COAL: A developer files a second lawsuit against the city of Oakland, California claiming it intentionally interfered with his project to build a marine terminal that would be used to ship coal from Utah. (The Mercury News)

COMMENTARY: President Trump acted illegally when he decided to shrink two national monuments in Utah, says U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico and Arizona Rep. Raul M. Grijalva. (Denver Post)

 

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