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Arizona regulators strike blow to new solar customers in Tucson

SOLAR:
• Arizona regulators rule that new solar customers in the Tucson area will get lower credits for excess energy they produce and pay higher monthly meter fees, a decision clean energy advocates say will harm the state’s solar industry. (Arizona Daily Star)
• Solar permits issued on Oahu fell for the third month in a row. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Colorado battery maker secures financial backing from several high profile investors, another sign that automakers might be turning to solid-state batteries to power the electric cars of the future. (Electrek)

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RENEWABLES:
• Bills that stalled in California’s statehouse may impede the state’s goal of getting all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045, critics say. (Utility Dive)
• An Xcel Energy official discusses the market forces driving the company towards a clean energy future. (Greentech Media)

OIL AND GAS:
• Utah’s biggest oil and gas lease sale in over a decade appears to be a bust as few bidders take part and decline to pay premium prices. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• As California moves away from fossil fuels, the state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry experiences a shift in culture. (Pacific Standard/Center for Public Integrity)
• A federal judge made an error when he found that Idaho violated the state constitution by forcing several landowners to sell their natural gas to a Texas company, state officials argue in new court filings. (Associated Press)
• Colorado’s governor and a U.S. Senator are urging the BLM to hold off on a future oil and gas lease auction to give the public more time to comment. (Associated Press)
• An Oklahoma oil and gas company pays $93 million to secure water rights in New Mexico to aid drilling in the Permian Basin. (San Antonio Express-News)

GRID: California’s grid operator approves a series of measures designed to increase storage and distributed energy resources. (Utility Dive)

CARBON: Utility districts in southeastern Washington say electric rates will go up if the state passes a proposed carbon fee. (Tri-City Herald)

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POLITICS: Environmental groups and oil and gas companies are the biggest donors to political action committees in New Mexico, campaign finance reports show. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

COMMENTARY: An Arizona clean energy initiative could improve utilities’ financial self-interest, not harm it, says a local columnist. (Arizona Daily Star)

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