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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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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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