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Colorado town’s shift from fossil fuel could be flip under drilling plan

OIL AND GAS: A former Colorado coal town’s shift from its fossil fuel roots could be reversed under a Trump administration plan to radically increase drilling there. (Reveal/E&E News)

• A U.S. Senator from Alaska says a proposed $43 billion liquefied natural gas project could improve relations between the U.S. and Russia. (KTUU)
• In Wyoming, the Bureau of Land Management ponders what to do with roads built during the coal bed methane boom. (Casper Star Tribune)
• The BLM considers a plan to drill near Carlsbad Caverns National Park, worrying some cave enthusiasts. (New Mexico Political Report)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Some California lawmakers push back against the notion of limiting driving time to curb greenhouse gas emissions, saying electric vehicles make it unnecessary. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

PIPELINES: The Keystone XL Pipeline project is being met with increasing resistance from tribes in Montana and South Dakota whose members fear spills could contaminate their waters. (InsideClimate News)

STORAGE: A California utility’s plan to install four large battery projects is the latest example of how storage technology is taking off amid falling solar prices and favorable state and national policies. (Forbes)

GRID: A microgrid tariff currently under consideration by Hawaii regulators could spur clean energy opportunities. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES: A Tucson utility study suggests clean energy policies proposed by a state regulator would raise costs for the company and its ratepayers by $800 million through 2030. (Arizona Daily Star)

POLITICS: Candidates for governor in Hawaii have differing views on the state’s energy future, especially on the role of natural gas. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

UTILITIES: Arizona regulators’ rebuke of long-term utility resource plans shows how difficult it can be to plan amid rapidly changing markets. (Greentech Media)

• A luxury community is the first in the Las Vegas Valley to install solar-powered street lights. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Solar panel installer is the fastest growing occupation in Hawaii, according to a new report. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

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NUCLEAR: Some members of Congress who toured Yucca Mountain over the weekend say the site’s isolation makes it a perfect place to permanently store nuclear waste. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

• Arizona regulators should deny a Tucson utility’s request to make rooftop solar more expensive for customers by radically increasing fees, says a state lawmaker. (Arizona Daily Star)
• Retiring a coal plant in northern Colorado ahead of schedule would be “a colossal misstep and waste of the public’s resources” says the CEO of local chamber of commerce. (The Coloradoan)
• The latest scandal to emerge from Arizona’s largest utility would be shocking if it weren’t for the “secretive, defiant, evasive tactics” that ratepayers have already seen from the company, says the co-executive director of an Arizona non-profit. (Arizona Capitol Times)

CORRECTION: An oil company plans to resume production from existing platforms off the California coast. An item in Thursday’s digest incorrectly stated that it would resume offshore drilling.

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