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Colorado utility seeks bigger role in electric vehicle charging

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As Colorado makes a push to get more electric vehicles on the road, Xcel Energy officials say they will likely seek to establish rates for public charging stations and those that cater to larger fleets. (Denver Post)

ALSO:
• A U.S. Senator from Wyoming continues his push to eliminate federal subsidies for electric vehicles. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Spokane-based utility has installed 136 electric vehicle charging stations throughout eastern Washington as part of a pilot program. (Spokane Journal of Business)

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UTILITIES:
• A Southern California utility is sued for its alleged role in a blaze that erupted last year and became the largest fire in the modern history of Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)
• Regulators approve a rate increase for a Southern California utility to cover a $1 billion shortfall and consider fining the company for not reporting the deficit sooner. (RTO Insider)
• It’s unclear whether California’s largest utility will be able to pass its liability costs on to its customers, but it has in the past. (Bay Area News Group)

FUEL CELLS: A California-based fuel cell maker posts revenues that reflect a 73 percent year-over-year increase. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: A Colorado company that wants to see the state become a national leader in community solar projects has installed arrays at three Denver-area sites. (Denver Post)

BIOFUELS: A major oil company inks a long-term deal to buy renewable diesel fuel from a $1 billion biofuels plant under development in Oregon. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: A bill that would have imposed tougher penalties on protestors who disrupt the operations of pipelines, refineries and other facilities has died in the Wyoming legislature. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• President Trump’s nominee to become the next Interior Secretary represented Alaska in a lawsuit that sought to conduct seismic testing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Alaska Public Media)
• The acting Interior Secretary will travel to New Mexico to promote oil and gas development on public lands. (Associated Press)
• Federal land managers in Montana are indefinitely deferring the sale of oil and gas leases on about 12,000 acres of land considered recreational hotspots by outdoor enthusiasts. (Montana Standard)
• Colorado lawmakers will once again try to transform the way the state regulates the oil and gas industry. (Westword)

COMMENTARY: A Colorado Springs utility has a moral obligation to let citizens know when air pollution control equipment for a downtown coal-fired power plant isn’t working and the air becomes dangerous to breathe, says the editorial board of the Colorado Springs Independent.

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