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Colorado strikes deal with automakers on electric vehicles

TRANSPORTATION: Colorado reaches an agreement with major automakers to expand the availability of zero-emission vehicles in the state. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• California is pushing ahead with autonomous vehicles, which proponents say can improve safety and reduce emissions. (CalMatters)
• Hawaii is becoming a proving ground for electric aircraft. (Greentech Media)

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POLITICS: Despite a high-profile walkout by Republican lawmakers, it was actually the dissent of a key Democrat that doomed cap-and-trade legislation in Oregon. (Medford Mail Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Arizona’s largest utility is seeking proposals for 400 MW of new wind and solar energy. (PV Tech)

OIL & GAS:
Colorado health officials have proposed new controls on the oil and gas industry requiring companies to monitor pipelines, report pollution, inspect facilities more often. (Denver Post)
A coalition of Montana advocacy groups denounced the hiring of an attorney who defended an oil and gas lease on sacred tribal land to a key Bureau of Land Management post. (Flathead Beacon)
Wyoming regulators are pursuing a rare regulatory overhaul amid a flood of new drilling applications. (Casper Star Tribune)

COAL:
• The recent decline in Wyoming’s coal industry raises doubts as to whether the state’s tax revenue growth can continue. (Gillette News Record)
• An attorney for a Wyoming county says the state has left them “holding the bag” in collecting $37 million in unpaid taxes on Blackjewel properties. (WyoFile)
• A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit calling for a Navajo Nation corporation coal-fired power plant and adjacent mine in northwestern New Mexico to be shut down. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
Combining solar panel (photovoltaic) infrastructure and agriculture can create a mutually beneficial relationship, says an associate professor at the University of Arizona. (news release)
• A recent report ranks two Las Vegas-based companies among the top 10 in the U.S. for corporate solar use. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

HYDROPOWER: A privately funded study which favors breaching hydroelectric dams in Washington has come under heavy criticism. (Tri-City Herald)

NUCLEAR: Utah activists say residents may have been put at risk from mislabeled shipments of nuclear waste through the state. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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CLIMATE:
A Colorado scientist is suing the Trump administration after she says she was fired for refusing to remove mentions of climate change from a federal report. (Colorado Public Radio)
A new poll finds that Republicans are far less likely to acknowledge that climate change is already having an impact. (Sacramento Bee)

COMMENTARY:
An advocate says regionalization of the western grid through an expanded California Independent System Operator, is probably inevitable. (Natural Resource Defense Council)
It’s time for Arizona’s largest power company to have competition, says a member of the state’s regulatory body. (Arizona Central)

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