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Colorado pot growers work to cut energy use

EFFICIENCY: As the cost of legal marijuana plummets, cannabis cultivators in Colorado are trying to reduce energy use to remain profitable and meet cities’ demands for sustainability. (Colorado Sun)

COAL: The Navajo Nation withdraws legislation that would pave the way for a tribal-owned energy company to buy an Arizona coal plant. (Gallup Independent)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Washington’s governor says the state will stick to  California’s stricter vehicle emissions standards despite the Trump administration’s plan to relax national standards. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
• A state agency that operates passenger ferry service in Washington submits a plan to regulators that calls for introducing electric-hybrid ferries to its fleet. (KING-TV)

SOLAR: A California clean energy developer signs an agreement with a Hawaii utility to build two solar-plus-storage projects on Oahu. (Power Technology)

GRID: California’s grid operator is zeroing in on how it will help the state achieve its goal of getting all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045 but many questions remain about the path ahead. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
• Idaho regulators join their Washington counterparts in rejecting a $5.3 billion sale of a Spokane utility to a Canadian company. (The Spokesman-Review)
• A San Diego utility prepares to switch customers to time-of-use rates in March, with two other major investor-owned utilities following suit next year. (KTLA)

OIL & GAS:
• The oil boom in Permian Basin is reshaping international markets and bringing both prosperity and problems to Texas and New Mexico. (Time)
• Carlsbad, New Mexico struggles to attract chain restaurants and retail stores because so many potential workers have been lured away by the oil and gas industry. (Carlsbad Current Argus)
• A judge in Alaska dismisses a resident’s lawsuit seeking to stop the state from using bonding to pay for its oil and gas tax credit obligations. (Associated Press)
• A San Francisco Bay-area city adopts a resolution opposing the Trump administration’s plan to allow new drilling off the coast of California. (Bay Area News Group)

POLLUTION: The groundwater beneath unlined coal ash ponds at three power plants in Wyoming contains radium and other pollutants above acceptable state levels, according to reports filed with environmental regulators. (Kemmerer Gazette)

COMMENTARY: Hawaii’s use of tax credits to promote renewable energy is creating thousands of construction jobs and other benefits for the state, says the president of a Hilo-based solar company. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

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