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Colorado project offers a blueprint for low-carbon housing

ELECTRIFICATION: An all-electric housing project in Colorado offers a prototype for low-carbon housing as the state looks to reduce emissions from the residential and commercial buildings sectors. (Energy News Network)

CALIFORNIA:
Southern California Edison warns it may shut off electricity to more than 32,400 homes and businesses today and tomorrow. (Los Angeles Times)
Experts say using electric vehicles as an energy storage resource is one way to make the grid more reliable in the wake of extended power shutdowns in California. (Freight Waves)

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UTILITIES:
An Oregon utility’s renewable energy proposal is opposed by a group of industrial customers that includes Microsoft, which has made public commitments to fight climate change. (Portland Business Journal)
San Diego County officials approve the creation of a community choice aggregation energy program. (Del Mar Times)

OIL & GAS:
Alaska is considering changing its requirements for oil spill prevention and response plans to make sure rules are not outdated. (Associated Press)
A national environmental group dismisses New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s oil and gas wastewater plan, saying produced water cannot be treated for use outside of oil and gas. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

PUBLIC LANDS: A federal judge halts the Trump administration’s sage grouse plan, saying the administration’s amendments appear to be “contrary to the science” contained in reports from experts. (Bloomberg)

COAL:
The Navajo Transitional Energy Company defends its purchase of Wyoming coal mines to tribal leaders, saying it was an “incredible opportunity.” (Navajo Times)
A series from the Arizona Republic on the closure of the Navajo Generating Station examine hopes that air quality will improve and views of the Grand Canyon will be restored in Northern Arizona, planned cleanup efforts, and how its closing is a case study for what will be repeated dozens of times across the West. (Arizona Republic, subscription)

CLIMATE: Jackson Hole, Wyoming officials are considering ways to achieve carbon neutrality within a decade after attending the Mountain Towns 2030 conference. (Jackson Hole News & Guide)

TRANSPORTATION: Washington State’s King County Council is pushing for zero-emissions public transportation in the greater Bellevue metro area by 2035. (Crosscut)

WIND: Opponents of a Hawaii wind farm are gearing up for a protracted battle as Gov. David Ige gives his support to its construction. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription)

TECHNOLOGY: A Silicon Valley startup wants to make it easier for utility customers to share their smart meter data. (Greentech Media)

ACTIVISM: Latino activists say they want a greater voice in Colorado’s climate change discussion. (Westword)

COMMENTARY:
A former environmental reporter explores Colorado’s Evraz Rocky Mountain steel mill going green as the first in the world that can claim to be powered largely by solar energy. (New York Times)
In the first part of a series, David Roberts says California’s deliberate power outages last week were outrageous and harmful and analyzes the roots and adverse implications of the state’s energy crisis. (Vox)
A California media organization makes a case for the state to consider energy storage as part of its commitment to 100% carbon free electrical energy by 2045. (Valley News)

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