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Automakers, utilities part of new California electric vehicle push

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California teams up with the country’s biggest automakers, environmental groups and local utilities to launch a multi-million dollar campaign aimed at speeding up the adoption of electric vehicles in the state. (Axios)

ALSO:
• A Volkswagen subsidiary that plans to spend $2 billion over the next decade on building out the nation’s electric vehicle infrastructure says it plans to focus in low-income areas in large California cities. (Green Biz)
• A Washington startup that plans to produce hybrid-electric airplanes hits a key milestone as a French company agrees to produce its engines. (CNBC)

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CARBON: Portland faces numerous obstacles as it tries to eliminate fossil fuels. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES: For five years in a row, Montana regulators have given the state’s largest utility a pass complying with a law requiring them to invest in community renewable energy projects. (Billings Gazette)

BIOFUELS: Economic leaders in northern Nevada are asking state regulators not to impose an “exit fee” on a biofuels plant under construction that was never connected to the state’s largest utility in the first place. (Nevada Independent)

PIPELINES: A Texas company recently found guilty of criminal charges in connection with a 2015 California oil spill is moving forward with plans to reopen the pipeline. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

POLITICS:
• Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $1 million to the campaign to establish a carbon fee in Washington. (Associated Press)
• The outcome of Alaska’s gubernatorial race could determine the future of the state’s famed oil wealth check program. (Associated Press)
• A city councilwoman in northern Colorado who cast the lone “no” vote on a resolution opposing a ballot measure increasing drilling setbacks says she’s receiving “political death threats.” (Greeley Tribune)

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OIL & GAS:
• Alaska officials say a recently approved $40 billion liquefied natural gas facility in Canada won’t hamper the state’s efforts to export the fuel to Asian markets. (KTVA)
• County officials in northeastern New Mexico urge the U.S. Interior department to take action to speed permitting for oil and gas wells and to ease development restrictions on tribal lands. (Farmington Daily Times)

COMMENTARY:
• The Seattle Times editorial board urges Washington residents to vote to maintain oil spill response taxes.
• Tribal leaders opposed to drilling in the area of Chaco Canyon say “just as the United States takes great care to preserve churches, we would hope they would do the same for our sacred places.” (High Country News)

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