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Colorado utility moves toward leaving coal-heavy power supplier

UTILITIES: A western Colorado utility maneuvers to buy out its contract with a wholesale power provider that’s been accused of not moving fast enough to dump coal and transition to clean energy. (Denver Post)

ALSO: California regulators issue $13 million in fines to two local utilities in connection with separate incidents that injured people. (Los Angeles Times)

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• The governor of Washington has approved a Seattle company’s plan to build a 25 MW power solar farm on 200 acres of farmland in the central part of the state. (Associated Press)
• A Portland solar company installs panels on a local rescue mission, a project expected to offset about 40 percent of the facility’s energy costs while freeing up more money for the community’s homeless population. (Solar Power World)
• The owners of an Idaho winery install solar panels in hopes of saving money and local water resources currently used for hydropower production. (KIVI-TV)
• The developer of a proposed 100 MW solar project in southern Colorado asks for a delay in the permitting process to continue talks with landowners concerned about the installation’s potential impacts. (Pueblo Chieftain)
• Washington officials next week will dedicate a 28 MW solar installation, currently the largest project of its kind in the state. (The Spokesman-Review)

CLIMATE: Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego and Portland are selected to participate in a $70 million effort to fight climate change. (NBC Southern California)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Trump administration’s decision to shrink two national monuments in Utah to foster energy development is emblematic of the bitter battles erupting throughout the West about how public lands should be managed. (National Geographic)

• More than $100 million has been poured into a Nevada energy choice initiative, making it the most expensive ballot measure in the state’s history. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Lacking consensus, the Fort Collins, Colorado city council decides not to take a public stance on a ballot measure to increase drilling setbacks. (The Coloradoan)

COAL: Environmentalists in the Pacific Northwest are ready to take on the Trump administration over its plan to use West Coast military bases to ship coal. (Grist)

OIL AND GAS: Alaska gas line officials sign an agreement with three construction trade groups that sets the groundwork for negotiating future labor contracts for a $43 billion liquefied natural gas project. (Alaska Journal of Commerce)

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TECHNOLOGY: Nevada regulators are considering how renewable energy producers could use blockchain technology to buy and sell credits to electric utilities. (Utility Dive)

California’s low-carbon fuel standard is an inspiring, if little-known, success story, says a University of California professor and the deputy director of an energy and environment institute at the UC-Davis campus. (Forbes)
• Climate scientist James Hansen urges voters to approve a Colorado ballot measure increasing drilling setbacks. (Denver Post)

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