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Colorado reveals ambitious new electric vehicle plan

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Colorado reveals its most comprehensive plan yet for transitioning to electric cars and trucks in the coming years. (Colorado Public Radio)

CLEAN ENERGY: Developers of some of the largest clean energy projects in the U.S., including in Wyoming and California, are reporting either little or no delays amidst the coronavirus pandemic. (InsideClimate News)

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GRID: Google is experimenting with load shifting at one of its data centers as a form of demand response. (Greentech Media)

CALIFORNIA: Some stakeholders say PG&E CEO Bill Johnson failed at being the changemaker the utility needed, and will not be held accountable for promises made to regulators. (Utility Dive)

BIOGAS:
Opinions are divided on “dairy digesters” that capture the massive quantities of methane dairy farms emit, with California criticized for promoting a “false solution” to climate change. (Civil Eats)
A Washington dairy has invested almost $20 million in technology which converts manure into renewable natural gas. (KIMA)

COAL: The Navajo Transitional Energy Company and Peabody Energy announce layoffs of 300 miners at three Powder River Basin mines. (KPVI)

OIL AND GAS:
Caverns in the Permian Basin are one of several storage opportunities for temporarily storing crude oil that could be considered by U.S. energy companies and others. (S&P Global)
• The bond sale for an Alaskan utility’s $330 million natural gas project is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic and oil market volatility. (Anchorage Daily News)

PUBLIC LANDS: The BLM approves three geothermal lease applications on previously protected federal lands in California’s Owens Valley. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: The island of Kauai, Hawaii reportedly achieved 56% renewable energy generation in 2019, ahead of state mandates of 30% by this year and 40% by 2030. (PV Magazine)

STORAGE: New research shows that solar or wind plus storage projects can be worth as much as $26/MWh to $29/MWh more than solar- or wind-only projects in California power markets. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
PG&E has been cited and fined $900,000 for pipeline violations spanning more than 14 years which led to a 2017 gas explosion in San Francisco. (KTVU)
• California regulators will include avoided transmission costs when valuing distributed resources for the state’s three major investor-owned utilities. (Solar Power World)
• Colorado Springs Utilities says it will consider environmental impact and cost equally in the future when deciding on its energy mix. (Colorado Springs Gazette, subscription)

WIND: A Colorado-based renewable energy development company reports it anticipates reaching milestones for the permitting and construction of its 600 MW wind farm project in Washington this year. (Tri-City Herald) 

COMMENTARY:The coronavirus is making it abundantly clear that cars are their own kind of plague.” (Los Angeles Times)

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