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California mayors back plan to ramp up electric bus deployment

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A coalition of California mayors is throwing its support behind a plan to dramatically increase the use of zero-emission buses by 2040. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: Electric cars have grown to more than 6% of new registrations in California, but hybrid cars are seeing a corresponding decline. (Greentech Media)

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RENEWABLES: A newly amended California bill would require utilities to buy 2,500 MW of solar and wind power over the next four years, a move supporters say would save hundreds of millions of dollars in federal tax credits that would otherwise be lost. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: Leaders from Portland and four California cities are vowing to make their buildings carbon neutral by 2050, joining some of the world’s largest cities in backing the effort. (Reuters)

COAL: Attorneys from Oregon and file legal briefs opposing a proposed coal export terminal in Washington state. (Longview Daily News)

• The Interior Department issues a key permitting decision in a Texas company’s plan to conduct the first-ever oil production in federal Arctic waters. (Anchorage Daily News)
• Two members of Congress from California are asking the governor to end fossil fuel production in the state, citing threats posed by climate change and air pollution. (The Hill)
• One of Hawaii’s two oil refineries has shut down in advance of Hurricane Lane. (Reuters)

POLITICS: California billionaire Tom Steyer explains why he’s backing a clean energy initiative in Arizona and addresses his future in politics. (Arizona Republic)

GREEN JOBS: One of the country’s largest utilities joins forces with a community college in southern Colorado to build a solar-powered “living laboratory” to train students interested in renewable energy careers. (Pueblo Chieftain)

REGULATION: A new policy adopted by New Mexico utility regulators makes the public wait two weeks before they can see electronic copies of hearing transcripts and pay for early copies, a move opposed by open-records advocates and case intervenors. (Albuquerque Journal)

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NUCLEAR: The daughter of a former Idaho governor who fought to keep nuclear waste from being stored in the state announces her opposition to a U.S. Department of Energy plan to extend the life of a local nuclear waste treatment facility. (Associated Press)

• Passing a bill that would require California to get all of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2045 would send a message to U.S. lawmakers that the fight against climate change is not just an environmental imperative; it’s an economic opportunity, says the executive director of a nonpartisan business group. (Green Biz)
• Utah taxpayers will bear the burden of a utility’s efforts to keep its coal plants open, says a Salt Lake City solar advocate. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• If California cities can say “no” to expanding fossil fuels, so can Governor Jerry Brown, argues two Bay Area mayors. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• California’s fisheries could be decimated by the Trump administration’s plan to allow new offshore drilling, says the executive director of a Pacific fishermen’s association. (Sacramento Bee)

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