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Aspen officials consider crackdown on large, energy-hogging homes

EFFICIENCY: Aspen, Colorado officials consider aggressively increasing energy fees on large homes to encourage conservation and subsidize energy improvements for smaller homes. (Aspen Times)

• A U.S. senator from Oregon throws his support behind a plan to tax large retailers to pay for energy efficiency improvements in Portland’s low-income neighborhoods. (Willamette Week)
• A Denver-based financier of commercial energy efficiency projects says it’s ready to aid local efforts. (Denver Post)

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UTILITIES: The Oakland Raiders ask regulators for permission to buy electricity on the open market for their new stadium on the Las Vegas strip, another possible high-profile defection from Nevada’s largest utility. (Nevada Independent)

RENEWABLES: Community choice aggregators in California say they are more than ready to meet the state’s new requirement of using only carbon-free sources of energy by 2045. (Greentech Media)

• A San Francisco-based solar company plans on installing 100 MW of solar on affordable multi-unit housing in California over the next decade. (Solar Power World)
• A minor league baseball team in California plans to install solar panels at its stadium, joining a growing roster of teams embracing clean energy. (MiLB.com)

• The EPA’s plan to roll back rules for methane emissions likely won’t have an immediate impact in Colorado, where oil and gas companies will have to comply with stringent state rules, local officials say. (Colorado Independent)
• More oil and gas companies are starting to confront the reality of climate change, but that hasn’t slowed drilling in Alaska yet. (Alaska Public Media)
• A federal committee is meeting in Colorado this week to consider changing the way royalty payments are calculated for oil and gas production on public lands. (Associated Press)

REGULATION: New Mexico’s supreme court tosses a conflict of interest complaint against the state’s top utility regulator, dealing a clean energy advocacy group a blow.  (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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NUCLEAR: A Congressional proponent of storing the nation’s nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain said the politics behind a key U.S. Senate race in Nevada will likely derail the project this year. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

• California has no chance of meeting its ambitious climate goals until it gets serious about curbing emissions from the state’s 17 refineries, says a Los Angeles Times contributor.
• A new Colorado energy plan that increases the use of solar and wind energy will be a boon for the state’s rural communities, says a former state senator. (Sterling Journal-Advocate)

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