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California lawmakers pass 100% renewable energy requirement

RENEWABLES: California lawmakers advance landmark legislation that would require the state to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: Some experts say California’s ambitious clean energy plan is a gamble on the cost of energy storage plummeting. (Bloomberg)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• California lawmakers sign off on a bill that would require regular reviews of California’s electric vehicle infrastructure. (Utility Dive)
• Oregon’s push to get more electric vehicles on the road rests on an upcoming decision by the state supreme court on whether a road tax is an appropriate way to pay for the program. (Pamplin Media Group)
• California launches a $29 million rebate program for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in four counties in the southern part of the state. (MyNewsLA.com)

OIL AND GAS:
• Colorado voters are set to decide whether property owners should be compensated if their land is devalued by government action, a measure supported by both the state’s agriculture and oil and gas industries. (Colorado Public Radio)
• California lawmakers advance a bill aimed at blocking a Trump administration plan to allow new offshore drilling. (Bay Area News Group)
• Oil companies looking for the next big play are starting to turn to Wyoming where land is cheaper and pipelines are less congested than in the Permian Basin. (Reuters)
• Federal land managers sign off on a 3,500 well natural gas project in Wyoming, one of the largest to be approved on public land in the state. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Alaska regulators seek to raise the bond amount that oil and gas companies must pay to drill. (Fairbanks Daily News Miner)

SOLAR:
• The Spokane tribe in Washington will soon begin construction on a $2 million effort to provide solar energy to the reservation. (The Spokesman-Review)
• A California church installs a solar system expected to offset close to 93 percent of its annual utility bills. (Energy Manager Today)

REGULATION: Two Republican candidates who campaigned on the platform of restoring ethics to the commission that regulates Arizona utilities are leading the race, according to early election returns. (Capitol Media Services)

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NUCLEAR:
• Staff members of a federal nuclear safety oversight panel testified that new U.S. Department of Energy policies could curtail inspections and limit their access to key information. (Associated Press)
• Federal regulators say nuclear waste could be safely hauled to New Mexico for temporary storage using a proven method for transportation. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

COMMENTARY: California’s plan to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045 is a visionary move that would benefit everyone, says an assemblyman who represents the Silicon Valley and the CEO of a local business group. (Mercury News)

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