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California makes it more expensive to leave your utility

REGULATION: California regulators vote to increase monthly “exit fees” for customers who leave investor-owned utilities, a move critics say will hurt community choice programs and renewable energy use. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

COAL: A proposed coal export terminal in Washington presents a test for President Trump’s goal of “energy dominance” and the governor’s climate ambitions. (E&E News)

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PIPELINES: Gas begins flowing through part of a Canadian pipeline that exploded, causing disruptions throughout the Pacific Northwest. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: A South Dakota utility launches a residential time-of-use pilot program for its Colorado customers in hopes of saving them money on their electricity bills. (Daily Energy Insider)

SOLAR:
• A recent shuffling of employees at an office in Utah prompts rumors that Tesla is backtracking on solar, but the company says the move is just a consolidation. (Greentech Media)
• Construction begins on a 200 MW California solar farm, the largest solar project ever built for a community choice aggregation agency in the state. (news release)
• Oregon gets $13 million in a settlement with a solar company accused of inflating energy tax credits. (Oregonian)
• Solar energy will power a newly redesigned golf clubhouse owned by the city of Denver. (Westword)

OIL AND GAS:
• An Alaska ballot measure pits the state’s love of salmon against its need for oil and gas revenues. (National Public Radio)
• As Colorado voters consider increasing drilling setbacks, a Denver suburb faces a 20-fold increase in the number of wells in the city. (Denver Post)
• A Hawaii refinery breaks ground on the construction of a $27 million unit that will produce ultra low-sulfur diesel and jet fuel. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

GEOTHERMAL: The BLM plans to lease 27,000 acres in Nevada for geothermal energy development. (ThinkGeoEnergy)

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GRID: An Oregon electric utility plans to build and test three smart grids. (North American Windpower)

COMMENTARY: A state senator from Virginia urges Nevada residents to reject a ballot measure that would deregulate the state’s electricity market as a similar move in his home state didn’t lower rates. (Utility Dive)

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