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Boulder considering new car fees to fund climate work

TRANSPORTATION: To help fund its climate change efforts, Boulder, Colorado is considering creating new car fees scaled to fuel efficiency. (Boulder Daily Camera)

UTILITIES:
• As California regulators mull San Diego’s request to adopt a government-run power program, the utility that serves the city drops a counterproposal to contract for increasing amounts of renewable energy. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Washington regulators express reservations about the proposed $5.3 billion sale of a local utility to a Canadian venture. (The Spokesman-Review)

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RENEWABLES: For a rural Colorado co-op, shifting away from coal and toward renewable energy just makes economic sense. (High Country News)

SOLAR:
• A 58 MW solar project in Utah will supply power for a Facebook data center in Oregon under the terms of a new power purchase agreement. (Solar Power World)
• Walmart signs a deal with a California solar company to install solar panels on its stores throughout Illinois. (CNBC)

OIL AND GAS:
• A plan to conduct a seismic survey of potential oil and gas sites in western Colorado is raising concerns from local conservation groups. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• The oil and gas boom has spurred grocery stores, home builders and other local businesses in Carlsbad, New Mexico to change the way they operate to keep up with the influx of workers. (Carlsbad Current Argus)
• Just two weeks before Colorado voters decide whether to increase drilling setbacks, a northern Colorado city is sued over its decision to approve 84 new oil and gas wells. (Denver Post)

COAL: A Colorado clean energy think tank aims to make the case to customers and regulators that coal plants are raising electricity costs. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Seizing on President Donald Trump’s wobble on the Yucca Mountain project, Nevada Democrats have renewed their pleas to keep nuclear waste from being permanently stored in the state. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

WIND: Hawaii’s largest wind farm comes up with a plan to mitigate bat deaths which includes spending $10 million to preserve habitat and reducing operations at night on some days. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• The out-of-state backers of a Colorado ballot measure to increase drilling setbacks “don’t care that it will destroy Colorado’s economy, kill jobs and starve schools and government of $230 million in cash,” says the editorial board of the Colorado Springs Gazette.
• A southern California utility’s recent request for proposals is a great opportunity for Santa Barbara to lobby for more clean energy, says a local elected official. (Santa Barbara Independent)

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