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Arizona joins opposition to Trump fuel efficiency rollback

FUEL EFFICIENCY: The Trump administration’s plan to rollback vehicle efficiency standards draws opposition from Arizona, a red state with serious concerns about air quality. (E&E News)

OIL & GAS:
• The recently announced $119 legal settlement reached over a massive Southern California gas leak includes a program to pay for methane collection at a dozen of the state’s dairy farms. (InsideClimate News)
• An Interior Department official says the Trump administration is moving to open “millions” of acres in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve to new drilling. (Alaska Public Media)

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EFFICIENCY: A new law will soon allow Alaska utility customers to finance energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects through charges on their monthly bills. (Alaska Public Media)

GRID: California’s grid operator has only one gas plant is in its queue, another sign the state is close to shifting away from fossil fuels entirely. (PV Magazine)

SOLAR: A Utah solar company is working with one of the nation’s largest homebuilders to install systems in California, where regulators recently approved rules requiring panels on new homes. (Provo Herald)

UTILITIES:
• The future of a California utility’s clean energy programs will be shaped by how much financial liability it ultimately assumes for a rash of deadly wildfires, company officials say. (Greentech Media)
• Some California lawmakers bristle at the governor’s plan to limit the liability of utilities whose power lines spark wildfires. (San Francisco Chronicle)

WIND: County officials in Wyoming balk at approving a permit for a $50 million wind project, citing a need for state review first. (Gillette News Record)

FOSSIL FUELS: Wyoming’s treasurer retaliates against a California bank that decided to stop investing in fossil fuels. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

POLITICS: Bills seeking to tap new sources of hydropower and geothermal energy have the potential to transform California desert communities. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

POWER PLANTS: A Tucson utility gets approval to install 10 natural gas engines over objections from environmentalists who wanted the company to add renewable energy instead. (Arizona Daily Star)

CARBON: Oil companies and environmentalists square off in Washington over a ballot measure that would place a fee on the state’s biggest carbon emitters. (Bloomberg)

GREEN JOBS: Colorado’s advanced energy job sector grew 3 percent last year but is expected to have a stronger 2018, according to a report. (Denver Post)

COMMENTARY:
• California’s renewable energy standard has lowered greenhouse emissions, improved air quality and created thousands of jobs, says the legislative director of a state building and construction trades council. (Sacramento Bee)
• Erin Brockovich says California must not bail out the state’s largest utility for its role in last year’s deadly wildfires. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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