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California’s governor signs bills to boost electric vehicles

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: While riding on a plug-in hybrid ferry, California’s governor signs a dozen bills into law aimed at boosting the state’s electric vehicle use. (Sacramento Bee)

ALSO: Two California rest areas are set to receive solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations as part of the state’s effort to get more clean cars on the road. (Energy Manager Today)

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SOLAR:
• As rooftop solar expands, replacement policies for net metering are starting to pop up in places like Hawaii and California. (Utility Dive)
• Tesla releases a photo of its record-breaking rooftop solar system currently under construction at its Nevada factory. (Electrek)
• An electric utility that serves much of southern New Mexico is no longer seeking state regulators’ approval to participate in a community solar program. (KRWG)

OIL AND GAS:
• Environmentalists and taxpayers advocates said oil and gas companies will have too much leeway in calculating royalty payments under a draft  proposal being discussed by a federal committee. (Associated Press)
• An oil and gas lease sale in Nevada fails to attract any bidders so far. (Nevada Independent)
• New Mexico regulators delay a decision on a request to increase well density in a historic oilfield until November. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• A U.S. senator from Colorado says exports of natural gas produced in the state could serve as political leverage against Russia. (Colorado Politics)

CARBON: California must build housing closer to transit and jobs and make new and existing buildings as carbon-free as possible to meet its new climate goals, experts say. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
• Nevada’s largest utility is asking permission from state regulators to levy a number of expensive charges against a biofuels plant seeking to buy power from an alternative provider. (Nevada Independent)
• Some customers of a San Diego-area utility are objecting to high demand charges on their bills that kicked in during a heat wave this summer. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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TRANSMISSION: Xcel Energy becomes the first utility in the nation to routine use drones to check transmission lines beyond an operator’s line of sight. (Greeley Tribune)

COAL: Montana joins five other coal states in opposing Washington state’s efforts to block a proposal coal export terminal. (KFYR-TV)

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