CLIMATE: The California State Assembly approves a bill extending the state’s emission reduction target to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, despite low cap-and-trade revenue this month. (Reuters/Los Angeles Times)

• The fate of California’s emissions bill is linked to another climate bill yet to be approved by the State Assembly. (Los Angeles Times)
• Colorado’s governor is contemplating an executive order that would require cuts of up to 35 percent in carbon dioxide emissions from the state’s power sector by 2035. (Denver Business Journal)
• Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is supporting a fee on carbon dioxide emissions, calling it “a free-market approach to climate change.” (The Hill)

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• Arizona solar companies are backing a Republican candidate for the state’s Corporation Commission, but he says he’d rather they not get involved. (ABC 15)
• A company in Maine could build solar farms on the state’s former landfills, starting with one near Portland. (Portland Press Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla says its newest version of the Model S can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, making it the fastest production car in the world. (Los Angeles Times)

• Illinois researchers use the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide into fuel. (Midwest Energy News)
• The technology behind the popular Pokemon Go mobile app could advance environmental research and revolutionize the energy sector. (Greenwire)

• Two ballot measures to limit oil and gas drilling in Colorado “could be devastating,” according to energy summit panelists. (Denver Post)
• Newly released maps reveal the extent that seismic testing for offshore oil could pose a risk to marine life. (Southeast Energy News)
• The federal government is broadcasting an oil and gas lease sale live on the Internet for the first time, partly due to protests that disrupted a lease sale in March. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Local officials struggle to handle hundreds of demonstrators who have gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is slated to run from North Dakota to Illinois. (New York Times)

• Environmental advocates urge Texas lawmakers to require coal companies to set aside cash to clean up mines instead of permitting companies to self-bond, which could cost the state more than $250 million. (Texas Observer)
Residents of a Montana town are being asked to conserve water so a nearby coal plant can continue operating. (Associated Press)

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• Utilities will need to spend more on analytics and integration services to handle an increasingly complex advanced metering infrastructure network, according to a recent study. (Greentech Media)
• A Florida utility defends its request for $1.3 billion in base-rate hikes as a way to maintain the company’s “stability and predictability” while making improvements that include increased use of solar power. (News Service of Florida)

• An oil industry group says “evidence continues to accumulate that fracking is safe.” (FuelFix)
• The case for and against a national ban on fracking. (Grist)

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