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Colorado energy provider accelerates its shift away from coal

COAL: Under pressure from its members to cut emissions, the Tri-State Generation and Transmission cooperative announces it will close all of its coal facilities in Colorado and New Mexico by 2030, and will announce new renewable energy measures later this month. (Colorado Sun, Denver Post)

ALSO:
Montana officials grant a temporary extension to a Navajo company to continue operating a coal mine it recently acquired. (Farmington Daily Times)
The closure of an Arizona coal mine has left some Hopi and Navajo homes without a ready source of heat. (KNAU)

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ELECTRIFICATION: Seattle’s mayor says the city will come up with a plan by 2021 to transition all city-owned buildings away from fossil fuels. (Seattle Times)

CLEAN ENERGY:
Oregon lawmakers plan to push new climate legislation that they hope will be more amenable to the state’s industries, but a key Republican has already stepped away from the effort. (Salem Reporter)
An Idaho ski resort says it will offset 100% of its energy use with renewable energy contracts. (Idaho Press)
Two California cities join a new utility offering 100% carbon-free electricity. (KEYT)
The Trump administration’s effort to prevent states from setting their own pollution standards is seen as the most significant threat to clean energy progress in California. (Los Angeles Times)

CLIMATE:
A climate protest results in 38 arrests as activists disrupt Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’s State of the State address. (Denver Post)
Climate activists are suing Oregon’s secretary of state over the rejection of two clean-energy ballot measures last year. (Portland Business Journal)

GRID:
California officials have been studying how to use electric vehicle batteries as a grid management tool, but many questions remain unanswered. (Bloomberg)
A California school district signs an agreement to develop microgrids that could also help provide emergency power to the surrounding community. (news release)

TRANSMISSION: Navajo officials say acquisition of 500 MW of transmission capacity could generate more than $7 million for the tribe, but the long-term plan is to develop their own energy sources. (Navajo Times)

WIND: Wyoming regulators rejected permits for two proposed wind farms earlier this week. (Wyoming Business Report)

SOLAR: The Army’s largest solar array was dedicated at Fort Carson in Colorado this week. (Fort Carson Mountaineer)

OIL AND GAS:
A federal judge rejects an Alaska tribe’s challenge to federal approval of drilling on the North Slope. (KTOO)
Colorado activists are planning to propose six new anti-drilling ballot measures this year. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
A Wyoming company proposes using a steam turbine to generate electricity while processing drilling wastewater for reuse in agriculture. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

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HYDROGEN: California’s “Hydrogen Highway” never materialized, but backers say there’s still a future for hydrogen technology in transportation. (CalMatters) 

COMMENTARY:
A recently passed law in King County, Washington, could enable the government to make natural gas utilities pay for climate impacts. (Sightline)
An Alaska columnist says “A well-managed environmental regulatory system doesn’t burden industry – it protects it.” (Anchorage Daily News)

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