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Arizona utility plans 1,000 MW of new solar

SOLAR: Facing criticism about the amount of clean power it currently uses, an Arizona utility plans to add 1,000 MW of solar energy over the next seven years, a 400 percent increase over its current level. (Arizona Republic)

ALSO:
• A California solar company’s CEO talks about how she went from begging people at county fairs to become clean energy customers to running the nation’s largest residential installation company. (Greentech Media)
• Tesla slashes prices on its residential solar systems in an effort to boost sluggish sales. (Reuters)
• An Idaho winery becomes the first in the state to use solar energy. (Idaho Press)

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FIRES:
• California regulators will soon implement a provision of a new state law that allows utilities to pass on a portion of their wildfire costs to customers. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• California’s largest utility last month asked federal regulators to allow it to raise customers’ monthly bills to help guard its system against wildfires and raise profits for shareholders. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Colorado air quality regulators are expected to vote today on whether to adopt California’s low emission vehicle standards. (Colorado Sun)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Volvo will soon begin testing how long electric trucks stay charged and their ability to reduce air pollution in a pilot project in Southern California. (Greentech Media)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Trump administration begins accepting public comments on its plan to open federal waters off Alaska to drilling even though the project is already facing legal challenges. (InsideClimate News)
• New Mexico’s governor-elect asks state regulators to delay a decision on a Texas company’s request to ease drilling restrictions in one of the nation’s oldest oil producing basins. (Associated Press)
• An environmental group is suing the BLM over records related to a 5,000-well oil and gas project proposed in Wyoming. (Casper Star Tribune)

UTILITIES: The developers of an 18,000-seat entertainment complex inside a Las Vegas casino have asked Nevada regulators to be allowed to buy electricity on the open market. (Nevada Independent)

COMMENTARY: Americans are eager for action on climate change and clean energy which is why they voted for candidates who pledged to tackle those issues, says New Mexico’s governor-elect. (USA Today)

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