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California, Oregon among states calling for more electric vehicle sales

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Citing the Trump administration’s rollback of emission standards, California, Oregon and seven other states roll out a plan to boost electric vehicle sales. (RTO Insider)

RENEWABLES: Three landmark clean energy bills find new momentum in California this year. (Greentech Media)

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OIL AND GAS:
• With a major liquefied natural gas project at stake, Alaska’s governor pleading with the Trump administration to avoid a trade war with China. (UPI)
• Almost all of upcoming federal oil and gas leases in Wyoming are in sage grouse habitat, conservation groups say. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Citing concerns about potentially losing oil and gas revenues, Utah’s attorney general says he intends to intervene in lawsuits filed against the federal government by a local tribe seeking compensation for water and mineral rights. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• A northern Colorado city is considering rewarding oil and gas companies that plug and abandon wells by extending buffer zones. (The Coloradoan)
• Utah environmental regulators say they hope a major refinery’s switch to a low-sulfur fuel by 2020 will significantly improve air quality. (Deseret News)

UTILITIES: Colorado regulators increase Xcel Energy’s energy efficiency target by 25 percent. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

NUCLEAR: An appeals court orders California utility regulators to disclose emails related to a 2014 deal that charged ratepayers more than $3 billion for a nuclear plant closure. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• A California consumer advocacy group is accusing two utilities of making false statements about the safety record of a natural gas pipeline. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Oil production in Colorado is being hampered by a pipeline bottleneck, according to a new report. (UPI)

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POLITICS:
• Pro oil and gas groups are accused of intimidating volunteers collecting signatures for a Colorado ballot measure that would increasing drilling setbacks. (Westword)
• Alaska’s governor signs a bill allowing the state to borrow $1 billion in bonds to pay off debts owed to oil and gas companies. (Fairbanks Daily News Miner)

COAL: Montana regulators are planning to clean up two coal mines in the central part of the state in an effort to restore to the floodplain there. (Billings Gazette)

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