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California bill requires clean power to replace nuclear plant

NUCLEAR: A bill awaiting California Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature will require the state’s largest utility to produce 2.2 gigawatts of carbon-free electricity to offset the loss of power produced by a retired nuclear plant. (Greentech Media)

COAL:
• Utah inks a deal with the Mexican development officials that could lead to more exports of coal and natural gas from state. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• The Trump administration’s move to roll back the Clean Power Plan is welcome news in Wyoming and other coal states, but industry officials acknowledge it won’t save every plant. (Wyoming Public Media)

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HYDROPOWER: A new California bill might revive a controversial hydroelectricity project near Joshua Tree National Park. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

UTILITIES:
• California utilities could sell bonds and pass on the cost to customers to help pay for debt incurred when their equipment starts wildfires under a new legislative plan taking shape. (Associated Press)
• Meanwhile, experts say most California ratepayers will likely see their bills increase whether that legislation passes or not due to utilities facing increased insurance costs stemming from wildfire risks. (San Francisco Chronicle)

POLITICS:
• The two sides squaring off over a Nevada energy choice initiative disagree whether or not the measure is about deregulating the electricity market. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Meanwhile, Nevada’s largest casino industry trade group comes out in favor of the initiative. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

SOLAR: An Arizona tribe breaks ground on an expanded solar project that will double the number of homes it serves currently receiving clean energy. (KTAR)

OIL AND GAS:
• The decision of a major oil and gas producer to sell off its assets in northwestern New Mexico hasn’t rattled local leaders who say the move doesn’t appear to be a “fire sale.” (Farmington Daily Times)
• A Western conservation group puts up a billboard near the Great Sand Dunes National Park in protest of a plan to drill near there. (Colorado Independent)

EFFICIENCY: New city buildings in Albuquerque will be subject to a more rigorous energy conservation code under a new directive from the mayor. (Albuquerque Journal)

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WIND: A California company begins testing kites designed to harness wind energy in Hawaii after four years of preparations. (West Hawaii Today)

COMMENTARY:
• When the Trump administration introduced its “energy dominance” agenda, our national parks came under attack, says a retired national park superintendent in Utah. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• If California’s 32 military bases are allowed to fully develop renewable energy sources, they’ll ultimately be more secure, says an environmental journalist. (Los Angeles Times)
• A Stanford University engineering professor dismantles claims by a conservative think tank that California can’t meet its goal of getting all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045 due to land use restrictions. (CleanTechnica)

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