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California weighs utilities’ role in electric vehicle charging

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California regulators are considering new rules to address how billions of dollars should be spent by utilities to build out electric vehicle charging networks. (Greentech Media)

COAL: New Mexico regulators approve a plan to shut down two coal-fired power plants in the northwestern part of the state and rely more on clean energy. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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SOLAR:
• Nevada regulators are close to approving plans by the state’s largest utility to build six major solar projects. (The Nevada Independent)
• Phoenix rolls out solar generators, mobile electric vehicle charging stations and LED-powered light towers as part of a new pilot program. (Phoenix New Times)

OIL & GAS:
• The governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico’s Sonora state agree to study a plan to move natural gas through the Southwest to Mexico to export to Asia. (Associated Press)
• A Los Angeles city department is considering spending billions of dollars to rebuild three aging gas plants even as the state pursues ambitious clean energy goals. (Los Angeles Times)
• A plan to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska makes no economic sense, according to a new study by a conservation group. (Huffington Post)

UTILITIES: A judge in Arizona has rejected a regulator’s bid to investigate his colleagues to see if they had an improper relationship with the state’s largest utility. (Arizona Capitol Times)

POLITICS:
• Outgoing U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona says it’s time for Republicans to get serious about climate change as he and a Democratic colleague introduce a carbon pricing bill. (The Hill)
• Colorado’s oil and gas industry could face tougher regulations as a result of Democrats taking control of both houses of state government and the governor’s post. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• Washington residents deserve the same kind of bold leadership Xcel Energy is demonstrating with its recent commitment to go carbon-free by 2050, says a state and a national leader with Audubon. (Energy News Network)
• Storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada “is considerably safer than stacking up canisters of spent rods on the beach in seismically sensitive, wildfire-prone Southern California in an era of rising sea levels,” says the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times.
• A California economist says U.S. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming’s recent opinion piece in the New York Times lays out a seriously flawed argument against carbon taxes. (Forbes)
• The CEO of the Reno and Sparks Chamber of Commerce says voters’ recent approval of a Nevada ballot initiative is proof they are “ready to take clean energy leadership to the next level.” (Reno Gazette Journal)

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