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California’s governor signs landmark clean energy bill into law

RENEWABLES: California Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill requiring all of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2045, saying the state “is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change.” (Los Angeles Times)

A California-based health care giant agrees to purchase 180 MW of wind and solar energy, putting it on track to be carbon neutral by 2020. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Now that California has pledged to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045, offshore wind developers are eyeing the state as a potential new market. (Utility Dive)

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PIPELINES: Tribes in Montana and South Dakota are suing the federal government, claiming it ignored potential impacts to cultural sites from oil spills during the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. (Billings Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California’s governor accuses President Donald Trump of being a “big saboteur” of electric vehicles. (Los Angeles Times)

POLITICS: Nevada’s governor says he’s still not sure how he’ll vote on a ballot measure seeking to break up the state’s utility monopoly. (Nevada Appeal)

BIOFUELS: A federal appeals court upholds an Oregon program aimed at reducing greenhouse gases by requiring cleaner burning fuels for cars and trucks. (Reuters)

• A California utility asks ratepayers for $582 million to pay for a series of improvements to reduce the wildfire risk from its electric power lines. (Los Angeles Times)
• A Southern Colorado city is moving ahead with plans to dump its current electricity provider and form its own municipal utility. (Pueblo Chieftain)

BIOFUELS: A company operating in Hawaii announces it will build an algae derived biofuels production plant on the islands after a decade of successful research. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

• A backlog in the Permian Basin shifts shale barons’ attention to an oil and gas field in eastern Wyoming. (Bloomberg)
• A second major oil and gas company agrees to key terms of a plan to sell natural gas in Alaska to a state sanctioned corporation seeking to build a $34 billion liquefied natural gas project. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: An Alaska senator introduces a bill aimed at reviving the U.S. nuclear industry. (Utility Dive)

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SOLAR: Aided by state net-metering rules, a northern Colorado city increases its solar energy use. (Greeley Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Passing a clean energy initiative in Nevada will help the state’s wildlife facing threats from climate change, says the state director of a national environmental group. (Las Vegas Sun)

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