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California to require zero-emission buses by 2029

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California regulators adopt a new rule requiring all public transit agencies only buy zero-emission buses by 2029. (Green Biz)

ALSO: A California startup that once aspired to be the next Tesla is now mired in lawsuits and battles over the electric car maker’s assets. (Los Angeles Times)

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SOLAR: Nevada could double its solar capacity by 2045 if it follows California’s lead and adopts a rooftop solar mandate for new homes, according to a new study. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

STORAGE:
• Tesla plans to unveil its new battery system at a 1.2 GWh energy storage project system it’s developing in California with the state’s largest utility. (Electrek)
• Colorado regulators adopt new rules requiring utilities to take energy storage into consideration in their integrated resource plans. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION: Drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles in Utah will get hit with hefty new state fees when the new year begins. (Deseret News)

POLITICS:
• Outgoing U.S. Senator Dean Heller of Nevada is speculated to be a possible replacement for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke who resigned last week amid several ethics investigations. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Led by two Montana lawmakers, a coalition of Republicans are pushing the Trump administration to save the Keystone XL pipeline after a recent ruling from a federal judge blocking construction. (The Hill)
• Political will is building in Oregon to pass cap and trade legislation next year, though some obstacles remain. (The Oregonian)

UTILITIES:
• California regulators order immediate action against the state’s largest utility for falsifying pipeline safety records. (Reuters)
• An effort by a Washington utility’s customers to purchase it faces an uphill climb even after regulators nixed a $5.3 billion acquisition by a Canadian company. (The Spokesman-Review)
• Hawaii’s largest utility proposes a rate increase to fund grid modernization efforts. (Hawaii News Now)

EFFICIENCY: A Tucson, Arizona utility is moving forward with a flat funding proposal for its energy efficiency programs, drawing criticism from advocates who say it should spend more money on rebate programs. (Arizona Daily Star)

OIL & GAS:
• A climate activist discusses the lessons he learned from a stunt he staged over a decade ago at a BLM oil and gas lease auction in Utah that earned him a two-year prison sentence. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• A major oil and gas company believes there’s more oil left to drill in a historic field near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. (Alaska Public Media)
• A Texas oil and gas company earned the biggest fine levied by Colorado regulators in 2018 for failing to conduct mechanical integrity tests at several sites. (KDVR)

COAL: Officials with a bankrupt Colorado coal company tells members of a Wyoming miners’ union that it’s unlikely a new owner would keep their current contract. (Casper Star Tribune)

NUCLEAR: After a 24-year shutdown, the U.S. Department of Energy has restarted a nuclear test reactor at a national laboratory that some believe will be pivotal to the future of the nuclear power industry. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: California can be an environmental leader by making the switch to electric buses, says the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times.

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