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Colorado plans to adopt zero emission vehicle standard

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Colorado officials say they will move forward with plans to adopt California’s zero emissions vehicle standards after talks with an auto manufacturers group failed to produce a voluntary deal. (Reuters)

COAL: As a Wyoming town tries to imagine life without coal at its center as a local plant faces a possible early closure. (Marketplace)

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SOLAR:
• California is producing more solar energy than it needs and new research suggests the surplus power could drive down rates as the grid runs more on clean energy in the future. (Los Angeles Times)
• Nevada’s governor signs a bill directing the state’s largest utility to develop programs offering solar energy to low-income residents. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Time is running out for dozens of Oregon solar farms approved but not built after the state passes new legislation restricting construction on high-value farmland. (Salem Statesman-Journal)
• A 60 MW solar array under construction in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is sold to a North Carolina company but utility officials say the deal won’t change the terms of its power purchase agreement. (Colorado Springs Gazette)
• A San Francisco-based clean energy developer is working with Anheuser-Busch to build a 2,000 acre solar farm in Texas. (Associated Press)

BIOGAS: A company plans to build six anaerobic digesters to produce biogas at five southern Idaho dairies, a $240 million project expected to bring 100 new jobs. (The Times-News)

OIL & GAS:
• Nearly a dozen Denver-area communities near a former nuclear weapons site have passed a resolution opposing nearby oil and gas development. (Denver Post)
• A federal judge approves a $1 million settlement by Exxon Mobil for environmental violations connected to a 2011 pipeline spill in Montana’s Yellowstone River. (Associated Press)
• The city council in Aurora, Colorado, approves an agreement with ConocoPhillips to double the amount of wells it operates there. (Aurora Sentinel)

GRID: California regulators weigh changes aimed at helping expand the role of demand response and energy storage on the grid. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: A San Francisco startup closes a $32.6 million growth round to expand its sensors-and-software-driven approach to reducing building energy use. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE: An attorney representing young plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the U.S. government over climate change says that federal energy policies “put children in harm’s way.” (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• The progress cities and states are making fighting climate change give the president of a Western environmental group hope for the future. (Denver Post)
• A fellow with a California free market think tank says the state’s regulatory regime awards government-protected utility monopolies and sets prices “in a Bulgarian-eseque system.” (Orange County Register)

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