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As fields dry up, California farmers turn to solar

SOLAR: Some California farmers are looking to solar energy as an income source as water shortages force farmland out of commission. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: A recently passed bill in Oregon could speed solar development by giving counties more control over the process. (Capital Press)

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GRID: A California city drops plans for a natural gas peaker plant in favor of energy storage and efficiency. (Greentech Media)

OIL AND GAS:
More than 100 operators, landowners and lawmakers pack a Wyoming hearing on a proposal to prevent oil companies from holding permits on land they don’t intend to drill. (Casper Star Tribune)
Industry proponents say proposed methane rules in New Mexico could make it uneconomical to operate there. (Farmington Daily Times)
Senior Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee are calling for a pause in Alaska oil and gas leasing pending investigation of political pressure downplaying drilling risks. (news release)

NUCLEAR:
• Some New Mexico officials and locals are concerned about plans to store spent nuclear fuel rods in the southeastern region of the state. (National Geographic)
• Last week’s wildfire at the Idaho National Laboratory was the largest in the facility’s history. (Post Register)

POLITICS: Oregon Republicans are hosting town halls on cap and trade in the wake of House Bill 2020 failing this past legislative session. (KATU)

UTILITIES: A court rules that California regulators violated federal law in limiting the amount of renewable energy that utilities must buy from small producers. (Reuters)

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ACTIVISM: A Colorado high school student is leading weekly climate protests in her hometown. (Steamboat Pilot & Today)

COMMENTARY:
Montana has the clean energy Washington state needs as it moves away from fossil fuels, says a Montana State Representative. (Seattle Times)
A coalition of California mayors are calling on residents to not allow state regulators to limit energy choice in the push to eliminate natural gas from homes and go all-electric. (Press-Telegram)
An environmental writer says other cities should follow Berkeley’s lead in moving away from natural gas. (Los Angeles Times)
A Nevada conservation advocate says oil and gas leasing devalues public land. (Reno Gazette Journal)

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