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California, Canada strike deal to promote cleaner cars

TRANSPORTATION: As the Trump administration seeks to prevent California from setting its own vehicle emissions standards, the state and Canada sign an agreement to advance cleaner fuels and cars. (Reuters)

POLITICS:
• Supporters of an Oregon climate bill dispute the assertion by some top Democrats that the legislation is dead. (Bloomberg)
• The standoff over the Oregon climate bill was inevitable given the state’s deep political divide between urban and rural areas, some experts say. (Associated Press)
• Petitions are set to begin circulating this week for a Utah ballot initiative to enact a carbon tax. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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UTILITIES:
• California fire investigators say a small fire that started this week in Monterey County may be linked to a PG&E power line. (Sacramento Bee)
• A new report commissioned by several environmental groups and nonprofits shows which of the West’s top power providers are among the worst polluters. (Los Angeles Times)

GRID: California regulators recommend power generators come up with 2 GW of new peak capacity statewide by 2021. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• A 480-acre Montana solar farm project wins a significant legal victory in a fight with the state’s largest utility and regulators. (Billings Gazette)
• The Oregon House has passed legislation providing $5,000 in rebates for home solar systems and up to $30,000 for social service providers who serve low-income residents. (Portland Business Journal)

STORAGE: The city of Oakland agrees to invest in a lithium-ion battery system to replace a peaker plant powered by jet fuel. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY:
• A Utah-based utility achieved more than 41 GWh of home energy savings one year after switching to an artificial intelligence-driven reporting platform. (Utility Dive)
• A new report says California is falling behind other states in regulating the energy consumption of the marijuana industry. (FairWarning)

COAL: Retiring Colorado’s remaining fleet of coal plants and replacing them with wind and solar energy could save utility customers billions of dollars, according to a new analysis authorized by the Sierra Club. (Colorado Public Radio)

PUBLIC LANDS: Legislation seeking to protect 400,000 acres of wilderness and public recreation areas in Colorado advances through the U.S. House of Representatives. (Colorado Independent)

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OIL & GAS:
• Officials from oil and gas rich counties in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah went to Oregon this week to offer public comments in support of a proposed liquefied natural gas project. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• BP is investing $30 million in a California startup that converts natural gas into fish food. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: The mayor of a Colorado city says local governments shouldn’t sue energy companies claiming they represent a public nuisance by selling fossil fuels. (Colorado Politics)

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