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California to stop buying from automakers supporting Trump on emissions

TRANSPORTATION: California’s government will stop purchases of new vehicles from automakers that backed stripping the state of its authority to regulate tailpipe emissions. (New York Times)

ALSO: Lyft adds 200 long-range electric vehicles into its Denver, Colorado rental program, the largest EV deployment in the state’s history. (Utility Dive)

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ELECTRIFICATION: Advocates for building electrification in Colorado are focusing on comfort, rather than climate benefits, in trying to persuade buyers. (Energy New Network)

COAL:
Arizona’s coal-fired Navajo Generating Station officially closed yesterday, as Navajo groups call for a return to traditional tribal law and values in energy policy decisions. (Associated Press, Navajo-Hopi Observer)
The Navajo Transitional Energy Company is continuing its push to secure bonds for recently purchased mines in Wyoming and Montana. (Farmington Times)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E’s CEO explains the evolution of planned blackouts for wildfire risk in California to a state legislative committee and says the utility became complacent about planned power shut-offs after successfully completing a few smaller ones. (Sacramento Bee, Associated Press)
A California lawmaker says PG&E’s disastrous October 9 public safety power shut-off was “a big ‘screw you’” to the state. (Los Angeles Times)
PG&E’s bankruptcy judge rejected noteholders’ argument that their reorganization plan should be given a procedural advantage over the utility’s. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)
Four California community choice aggregators join forces to search for developers to build out distributed energy storage that can keep locations running during planned blackouts. (pv magazine USA)
California businesses see solar with dedicated battery backup as the key to handling planned power outages. (Sonoma News)

OIL & GAS:
A new analysis says approval of drilling and fracking permits have increased in California since Gov. Gavin Newsom took office in January, but it’s unclear why. (msnNOW)
Wyoming is leaning heavily on its oil industry to make up for its troubled coal sector as experts warn the boom times are truly over for the state’s fossil fuel-dependent economy. (E&E News, subscription)

PUBLIC LANDS: A new analysis explores how the greater sage grouse is slowing down the Trump administration’s plans for oil development on Western federal lands. (Washington Post)

NUCLEAR: More than half of all the nuclear waste disposed of at a Carlsbad, New Mexico facility could come from Idaho National Laboratory under a deal between Idaho state officials and the U.S. Department of Energy. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

SOLAR: A Los Angeles-based company backed by Bill Gates says it has developed a way to create concentrated solar energy at temperatures hot enough to replace fossil fuels in industrial processes. (GeekWire)

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UTILITIES: New Mexico’s largest utility is reaching out to vendors and energy companies around the world, seeking ideas for an emissions-free future. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
A California lawmaker says the state needs an action plan to confront wildfires and provide reliable electricity. (CALmatters)
A clean energy advocate says the role of microgrids in providing energy resilience to mitigate wildfire and planned power outage risks shouldn’t be minimized. (Utility Dive)
Citing California utility charging programs, a global research non-profit organization says new solutions are needed to pair electric vehicles and renewables. (GreenBiz)

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