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Arizona utility plans massive solar, storage expansion

RENEWABLES: Arizona’s largest utility announces it will add almost 850 MW of new battery storage and 100MW of solar power by 2025. (Greentech Media)

• Clean energy advocates are demanding a role for solar, energy storage and microgrids as California regulators grapple with how to manage the potential for widespread grid shutdowns to minimize fire risks. (Greentech Media)
• Several conservation groups urge Pocatello, Idaho’s mayor to set clean energy goals, pointing to Boise’s plan to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. (Idaho State Journal)

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UTILITIES: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and a multi-million dollar hydrogen plant become the latest businesses to sever ties with Nevada’s largest utility. (The Nevada Independent)

• The Trump administration has broken off talks with California over its authority to establish vehicle fuel efficiency standards and is on track to roll back the Obama-era initiative. (Washington Post)
• Portland’s mayor and several environmental groups say they will try to block a local rail terminal’s expansion plans which could double the amount of trains carrying oil through the city. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

• The new head of the Colorado Energy Office is prepared to take on the ongoing tensions surrounding the state’s energy future. (The Colorado Independent)
• How growing up in Colorado shaped President Trump’s nominee to become the next Interior Secretary. (E&E News)

• California lawmakers introduce legislation seeking to establish a “Solar Bill of Rights.” (Electrek)
• Clean energy advocates in northern Colorado are pitching a solar rooftop rental program. (Longmont Times Call)

CLIMATE: Hawaii’s Democratic U.S. Senators are split on formally endorsing the Green New Deal. (KITV)

• Federal land managers receive thousands of comments opposing plans to sell oil and gas leases near a national park in New Mexico on land considered sacred to area tribes. (Associated Press)
• An influential Alaska Native corporation is blasting the governor’s plan to reduce cities’ ability to collect property taxes on oil and gas infrastructure. (Alaska’s Energy Desk)
• Federal regulators plan on releasing the preliminary environmental impact study of a $43 billion liquefied natural gas project in Alaska. (KTUU)

COMMENTARY: Community solar is a win-win for New Mexico’s economy and the environment, say the mayors of the Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces. (Albuquerque Journal)

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