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California renewable target ‘a very big deal’ — with big challenges

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RENEWABLES: A former energy secretary under President Obama says California’s move to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045 is “a very big deal” but faces challenges on the path to implementation. (Axios)

ALSO: Orlando, Florida uses floating solar panels and algae pools to advance its goal of 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2050. (New York Times)

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New York looks to Europe for the cheapest ways to build transmission systems for its budding offshore wind industry. (Greentech Media)
• MidAmerican Energy files plans with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reduce the number of eagles and bats killed by its wind turbines. (Radio Iowa)

Pennsylvania lawmakers struggle with how to rework the state’s renewable energy requirement to encourage more solar development. (Utility Dive)
• Walmart, Whirlpool, JPMorgan Chase and other prominent companies endorse a report calling for 2.2 GW of solar in Ohio by 2030. (PV Magazine)
• A Canadian company announces it will spend $40 million to buy a solar panel production facility in Washington. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: A Google-owned company has partnered with a San Francisco firm to bring grid-responsive smart home thermostats to the market. (Greentech Media)

• A Colorado electric cooperative will vote on rule changes that would help it break ties with a power wholesaler that critics say is moving too slowly on renewable energy. (Energy News Network)
Peabody Energy asks the federal government to let it relinquish thousands of acres of coal leases in Wyoming due to falling demand. (S&P Global)

• A Canadian court halts plans to expand a pipeline linking Alberta’s oil sands to Washington refineries, ruling that the government didn’t adequately consult tribes along the route. (New York Times)
• Recent protests in Minnesota suggest advocates will continue to fight the Line 3 pipeline despite regulatory approval. (Minnesota Public Radio)

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas fields in Texas and other parts of the country face a huge shortage of truck drivers, a new report says. (Houston Chronicle)

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UTILITIES: Gulf Coast utilities spent about $520 million to repair damage and improve resiliency in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, an analysis shows. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: A Republican consultant who worked on the Trump campaign urges the president not to prop up coal at the expense of natural gas. (Real Clear Energy)

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