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Colorado governor set to veto tax exemption bill

FOSSIL FUELS: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says he sees no way for a Democratic bill aiming to remove a state tax exemption for energy companies and industrial manufacturing companies to become law. (Colorado Politics, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla says there have been no workplace transmissions of the coronavirus at the company’s California facility. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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CALIFORNIA: California regulators will allow PG&E to use diesel-powered mobile generators to keep electricity flowing during the utility’s public safety power shutoffs. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
A Wyoming legislative committee votes to draft a bill that would authorize state regulators to increase funding for the cleanup of orphan wells. (Wyoming News Exchange)
Colorado environmental activists say they are pushing ahead with their own effort to qualify six anti-fracking measures for this fall’s statewide ballot. (Denver Business Journal)
A Colorado drilling company is paying $6.7 million in bonuses to its top executives ahead of defaulting on its bond payments. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE:
California regulators are considering an energy storage industry request to modify a state program that reserved more than $600 million in battery incentives for customers at the highest risk of being harmed by wildfire-prevention blackouts. (Greentech Media)
An energy software company is taking over operation of a 345 MW portfolio of distributed batteries in Southern California Edison utility territory. (Greentech Media)

PUBLIC LANDS: Wyoming’s congressional delegation continues to urge Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to ease drilling demands on some oil and gas producers. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: Laramie, Wyoming officials are set to consider backing a contentious 504 MW wind energy development stretching across state and private land next month. (Laramie Boomerang)

SOLAR:
• A Navajo Nation citizen partners with companies to assemble and deliver off-grid solar kits to the reservation to help youth with limited electricity access remote learning. (The Journal)
• An Oregon nonprofit that trains helper dogs for deaf and autistic people unveils a new solar array to reduce its carbon “paw print.” (KTVL)

TRANSPORTATION: A California-based clean transportation consortium expects there to be 169 zero-emission commercial vehicles available for purchase, or soon to be available, in North America by the end of 2020 despite the coronavirus crisis. (GreenBiz)

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NUCLEAR: As utilities like Arizona Public Service experiment with hydrogen production at nuclear plants, they still face numerous obstacles in the marketplace, experts say. (Power Magazine)

COMMENTARY: A Colorado editorial board says a state bill that would eliminate tax breaks on energy purchases for business and industrial uses is bad for business and long-term economic growth. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

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