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California has nearly $1 billion in unspent cap-and-trade revenue

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CALIFORNIA: State lawmakers haven’t figured out how to spend nearly $1 billion in revenue from the state’s cap-and-trade program. (Sacramento Business Journal)

SOLAR:
• A solar executive says working with utilities and being “a good citizen of the grid” will be key to his company’s success. (Utility Dive)
• Customers of a Michigan cooperative feel the “carpet ripped out” from under them as the member-regulated utility makes changes to its program. (Midwest Energy News)
• Developers are looking to build a 7 MW solar storage project in Ohio that they believe would be the largest of its kind. (Utility Dive)
• Missoula, Montana hires a solar consultant as it works to become carbon-neutral by 2025. (Missoulian)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Under an agreement with Sacramento’s utility, 23 state office buildings will run on 100 percent renewable power. (Sacramento Bee)
• A historic ranch in Yellowstone National Park will soon be powered by wind, solar, hydropower and a bank of discarded hybrid car batteries. (Montana Standard)

WIND: North Carolina is one step closer to offshore wind turbines. (WUNC Public Radio)

FRACKING:
• Documents reveal a partnership between the University of Colorado and industry groups to promote drilling. (Huffington Post)
• Fracking opponents pack public hearings in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

OIL:
• A U.S. House committee passes a bill to allow crude oil exports, but the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate. (Reuters)
• A Los Angeles oil field is closer to reopening after its operator pays $144,250 to settle air quality violations. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL:
• A Wyoming coal company questions the methodology of a study finding the U.S. should be taking in more revenue from leasing public lands. (Wyoming Business Report)
• A power plant in West Virginia aims to become one of the cleanest and most efficient coal-burners in the region. (SNL)

EFFICIENCY: Portland, Oregon is “ground zero” for the passive house movement in America. (Politico)

COMMENTARY: How inefficient climate policies can pave the way for better ones. (Vox)

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