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California regulators aim to cut emissions from Uber, Lyft

TRANSPORTATION: California’s air board is planning first-in-the-world rules to reduce emissions from ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, which they say run 50% higher per passenger mile than private vehicles. (Bloomberg Environment)

RENEWABLES: California Republicans introduced a bill earlier this week that would include nuclear generation and hydroelectric facilities in the state’s renewable energy standard. (Utility Dive)

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UTILITIES:
A bill that would make California utilities pay for some planned power shutoff costs advanced in the state’s legislature yesterday. (Associated Press)
Colorado Springs Utilities is currently working on a plan to decrease its carbon footprint without losing reliability. (Catalyst)
Arizona Public Service Co. isn’t ruling out carbon capture for gas plants as part of its plan to be 100% carbon-free by 2050. (Utility Dive)

GEOTHERMAL: The BLM wants to transform 22,000 acres of public land in California into one of the largest geothermal leasing sites in the state. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL:
An Arizona utility’s plan to close a New Mexico coal plant early is pushing the Navajo Nation to transition from coal more quickly. (Associated Press)
The Navajo Transitional Energy Company reportedly owes the federal government over $10 million in unpaid taxes from mining its newly acquired Wyoming and Montana mines. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A report warns that Wyoming and other states may not be able to hold coal companies accountable for reclaiming land as the industry declines. (WyoFile)
New Mexico regulators heard from dozens of residents as they began considering PNM proposals for replacement power after the San Juan Generating Station closes in 2022. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE WIND: Local and regional Humboldt County, California stakeholders are concerned about an offshore wind project, including conflicts with the fishing industry and impacts on birds and marine life. (Lost Coast Outpost)

OIL & GAS:
Colorado regulators find more than 100 pollution violations at a refinery near Denver. (Denver Channel)
Experts believe oil production and development in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin will continue to grow, but at a slower rate than in recent years. (County 17)
ConocoPhillips is preparing to deploy a massive rig known as “The Beast” on Alaska’s North Slope with the help of an Alaska Native corporation and state logistics experts. (Anchorage Daily News)
A new report commissioned by a California agency gives an initial assessment of the state’s potential orphan oil and gas well liabilities. (news release)

MICROGRIDS: The City of Portland, Oregon has partnered with Portland General Electric on a fire station microgrid that ensures reliability for crucial services and will train emergency workers to use the technology. (Microgrid Knowledge)

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CLIMATE: While Ninth Circuit judges dismissed a climate lawsuit raised by 21 youth against the government, their ruling contains warnings that we are “approaching the point of no return” on climate change. (The Conversation)

COMMENTARY: Environmental advocates say the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan must remain intact, as it balances environmental concerns with development interests. (The Hill)

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