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Clean energy initiative appears headed to Nevada voters

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Supporters of a Nevada clean energy initiative say they have enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot. (Reno Gazette Journal)

• California regulators approve a slate of new oil and gas regulations prompted by a gas leak that forced some residents of one community to evacuate their homes for eight months. (Bakersfield Californian)
• A northern Colorado city will decide this week whether to adopt a sweeping set of of new drilling restrictions. (Boulder Daily Camera)

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• Washington is among a handful of states that might come close to passing a law this year that looks something like a carbon tax. (Grist)
• A Nevada committee recommends beefing up consumer protection policies among other measures should voters approve an energy choice initiative. (Nevada Independent)

• Just a week after announcing it was laying off 9 percent of its workforce, Tesla opens a new Model 3 production line at its California factory. (Los Angeles Times)
• The CEO of Proterra discusses the outlook for electric buses. (E&E News)

SOLAR: The first solar panels arrive at the Maui College in Kahului, which is set to become the first campus in the nation to run entirely on solar power and battery storage. (Hawaii Public Radio)

COAL: A St. Louis coal company has discovered a “promising” new coal seam in western Colorado, according to court documents. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

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EFFICIENCY: Converting home and building heating systems to run on electricity would make drastic cuts to national carbon emissions, according to a new study from a Colorado clean energy think tank. (Greentech Media)

• California lawmakers should make sure utilities are accountable for operating safely in an era of increased wildfire risks, says the editorial board of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
• Given the “headwinds” coming out of Washington D.C., our country will have to rely on states, cities, colleges, universities and businesses to lead the way toward a clean energy future, say two Washington clean energy activists. (The Seattle Times)
• Integrating California’s grid with neighboring states benefits everyone, says the director of an energy efficiency and technology group. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• California residents need to be paying attention to another plan to reconfigure the state’s power market, says a local columnist. (The Mercury News)

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