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Colorado power provider rejects offer to close coal plants

RENEWABLES: A Colorado wholesale power provider has turned down a Denver startup’s offer to buy and close three of its coal-fired units and replace it with clean energy, company officials say. (Utility Dive, Energy News Network)

SOLAR: Work on one of the nation’s largest combined solar and grazing operations is completed at a sprawling California cattle ranch. (PV Magazine)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California lobbyist for a major oil company is urging retirees in Arizona to oppose the state’s efforts to boost electric vehicles. (Arizona Republic)

UTILITIES:
• A federal judge has rejected a consumer group’s request that a committee be appointed to represent ratepayers in PG&E’s bankruptcy case. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• Hawaii regulators have adopted a portfolio of performance-based regulation tools for the state’s major utilities, a move one commissioner called “a down payment on a clean-energy future for Hawaii.” (Utility Dive)

GRID: Xcel Energy has completed the construction of 70 miles of transmission lines this year as part of a $3 billion effort to improve the power grid serving the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

WIND: California is among the states where the military is opposing wind projects. (Wired)

COAL:
• Operators of a Utah coal cleaning plant have abandoned the facility, leaving a trail of waste, violations and unpaid debts. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Legislation passed in states like Colorado, Montana and New Mexico is giving utilities the option of using bonds to pay off stranded coal assets and avoid rate increases. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• Interior Secretary David Bernhardt tours the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico at the invitation of a U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and tribal leaders who want to protect the area from oil and gas development. (Farmington Daily Times)
• The Trump administration is appealing a federal judge’s ruling blocking offshore drilling on Alaska’s coast. (Alaska’s Energy Desk)

COMMENTARY:
• It’s time for California to stop building new fossil fuel plants and take other bold action on climate change, says a congressman and the director of a national environmental group. (Sacramento Bee)
• A recently approved $56 million pilot program aimed at helping California’s low-income residents access clean energy doesn’t give Latino communities “any bang for the buck,” says the president of a local Latino advocacy group. (Bakersfield Californian)
• The government affairs director of a Utah municipal power association makes the case for nuclear power. (Deseret News)

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