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Colorado ski resort takes a big step toward clean energy goal

WIND: Vail Resorts buys enough wind power to offset its emissions for the 2019 fiscal year, the company’s first major step toward achieving zero emissions by 2030. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

RENEWABLES:
• Clean energy industry officials say Colorado could get all of its energy from renewable sources before 2040, the deadline being eyed by the state’s new governor. (CBS Denver)
• Solar, wind and storage have almost eliminated natural gas among proposed new generation projects in California. (Greentech Media)
• A Wyoming ski resort will run its lifts on clean energy. (Jackson Hole News & Guide)

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COAL:
• Montana regulators are set to allow a bankrupt coal company to expand one of its mines in the southeastern part of the state over the objections of environmentalists worried about future cleanup costs. (Billings Gazette)
• Wyoming’s third largest coal company may be up for sale. (Casper Star Tribune)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Trump administration sides with the Blackfeet Nation in their fight to prevent drilling in an area of Montana considered sacred to the tribes. (Associated Press)
• A county in Colorado ends its short-lived moratorium on local drilling, a move that was originally prompted by concerns about a ballot measure that sought to increase drilling setbacks. (Denver Post)

SOLAR:
• A California-based residential solar installer is expanding its business to Colorado. (Denver Post)
• An Oregon nonprofit is offering grants to community groups interested in developing solar programs for low-income residents. (Pamplin Media Group)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Boulder County, Colorado pledges to transition its fleet of cars, SUVs and trucks to electric by 2030. (Longmont Times-Call)

REGULATION: Three Arizona regulators ask a judge to block their colleague from investigating whether their ties to the state’s largest utility influenced their vote on a rate increase. (Arizona Daily Star)

PUBLIC LANDS: A Utah lawmaker is pushing the state to come up with its own management plan for the former Bear Ears National Monument, saying he’s fed up with the assertion the area will soon be opened to mining and drilling. (Deseret News)

RESEARCH: The U.S. Navy and the University of Hawaii launch the second round of testing for technology that converts ocean waves to energy without running a cable to the shore. (University of Hawaii News)

TRANSMISSION: A southern Colorado county denies a utility’s plan to build a 39-mile transmission line after residents complain the project would hurt their property values. (KOAA)

COMMENTARY: California was absolutely right to create a higher gas tax to fix what Washington has gotten so wrong on infrastructure, says a visiting professor at the University of San Diego. (The Hill)

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