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Colorado co-op makes makes major clean energy pledge

• A rural Colorado co-op formally commits to get 70 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 without increasing customers’ costs; a recent Q&A further explores the co-op’s ambition . (The Aspen Times, Energy News Network archive)

• A leading credit rating agency predicts that California’s new clean energy mandate court hurt local utilities’ credit rating in the future. (Bloomberg)
• Some Portland nonprofits are already providing clean, efficient energy to low-income residents, but supporters of a proposed tax on large retailers that would pay for the same say the measure is still necessary. (Willamette Week)

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COAL: In a move designed to guarantee future cleanups, Wyoming’s largest coal companies would be effectively prohibited from issuing their own bonds under a plan being considered by state officials. (Casper Star-Tribune)

FOSSIL FUELS: Seattle University will divest its endowment of fossil fuels within five years, becoming the first university in Washington to make such a move. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California-based electric bus maker raises $155 million in new capital and announces a new partnership with auto giant Daimler. (Greentech Media)

• A California solar manufacturer receives an exemption from the Trump administration’s tariff on imported panels, sending the company’s stock up 15 percent. (Utility Dive)
• Officials with a southern Colorado utility agree to buy 150 MW of solar power, making solar more than 20 percent of its total generation. (Colorado Springs Gazette)
• A California solar company completes construction of a floating solar plant in the northern part of the state, one of four such facilities to be completed in the nation this summer. (PV Magazine)
• A southern Colorado neighborhood is opposing a company’s plan to build a 100 MW solar farm because they think it will increase local fire risks, a claim the developer rejects. (Pueblo Chieftain)

• Montana regulators are drafting rules requiring oil and gas companies to disclose the chemicals used in fracking fluids,  but environmentalists say the proposal lacks crucial details. (Billings Gazette)
• The BLM moves forward with a controversial plan to lease land in a crucial mule deer migration route in Wyoming over protests from outdoor groups. (Jackson Hole News and Guide)

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UTILITIES: Idaho regulators say they might not be able to make a decision by mid-December as planned on the $5.3 billion sale of a Washington utility to a Canadian company. (KXLY)

• The Trump administration’s rollback of federal methane rules is not only a “bummer” for the planet, but also for the natural gas industry’s efforts to portray its product as a clean fossil fuel, says a contributing editor to the High Country News.
• A U.S. Senator from Alaska says a recently filed bill aimed at boosting nuclear energy will provide thousands of good jobs and will help develop new technologies to create more clean energy. (Washington Examiner)



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