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California considers more incentives for electric cars

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California regulators are considering increasing rebates for electric vehicles to $4,500 as customers face the potential loss of federal tax credits. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: A California company is using its network of 10,000 electric vehicle charging stations as a demand response resource in the state’s day-ahead markets. (Greentech Media)

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CARBON: A major oil company declines to join industry opposition to a proposed carbon fee in Washington. (Axios)

• A judge reinstates an oil and gas lease given to a Louisiana company to drill near a national park in Montana on land considered sacred by a local tribe. (Associated Press)
• A county in northern Colorado sues two oil and gas companies, arguing their mineral leases are expired or in danger of being violated. (Boulder Daily Camera)

STORAGE: Storage industry officials say that California’s goal of getting all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045 is “100 percent doable.” (Energy Storage News)

• A Washington plant that makes a key material in solar panels isn’t closing yet despite ongoing threats from a simmering trade war between the U.S. and China, company officials say. (Greentech Media)
• A new Los Angeles program will soon allow renters to buy solar energy. (KPCC)

RENEWABLES: An group of notable U.S. billionaires are investing in some California startups looking for ways to cut global emissions and boost renewable energy. (Quartz)

• Customers of Arizona’s largest utility are pleading with regulators to reconsider rate structure changes that are disproportionately affecting low-income households. (Arizona Republic)
• The sale of a Washington utility has safeguards for customers should the Canadian company buying it ever experience financial problems, says a consultant hired to assess the $5 billion deal. (The Spokesman-Review)

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• Tribal leaders are asking the federal government to explore other options to keep an Arizona coal plant from closing after two companies walked away from plans to buy the facility. (Associated Press)
• With the closure of a local coal plant looming, leaders in northwestern New Mexico are scrambling to find ways to offset economic losses to the region. (Farmington Daily Times)

POLITICS: An Oregon clean energy group is pushing for legislation that would give communities more freedom in choosing where to buy electricity. (Daily Astorian)

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