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Companies drop bid to buy struggling Arizona coal plant

COAL: The two companies considering buying the West’s largest coal plant have dropped their bid to acquire the Arizona facility, which will close next year unless another buyer emerges. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A Montana coal plant is up and running again after air quality problems forced it to shut down two units in July. (KTVQ)

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CLIMATE: Law firms in California and Washington that have defended oil companies over climate change damages are among nine firms that have pledged to work on climate issues for free, raising some suspicions at a recent climate summit. (E&E News)

RENEWABLES: Boise aims to power all city buildings and operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. (KIVI)

SOLAR: The project managers for Alaska’s first commercial-scale solar farm work for BP, even though the oil giant is not endorsing or paying for the project. (KTOO)

PUBLIC LANDS:
• A Utah congressman will get a chance to pitch his plan to use energy development proceeds to pay for national park repairs when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visits Zion National Park next week. (Deseret News)
• The BLM will hold two public meetings next month to discuss the future management of the recently downsized Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
• Citing ongoing wildfire risks, a leading credit ratings agency has downgraded California’s three investor-owned utilities. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Some Washington utilities are raising electricity rates for bitcoin mining companies. (Energy Manager Today)
• California continues to lead the nation in rolling out time-of-use rates but policy hurdles remain. (Utility Dive)

WIND: A developer proposes to build two wind farms in Wyoming, totaling 780 MW of generation. (Wyoming News Exchange)

NUCLEAR: California’s governor signs a bill into law that seeks to offset any financial impacts from the shutdown of the state’s last nuclear plant. (Mercury News)

POLITICS:
• Four candidates running for two seats on the commission that regulates Arizona utilities offer different ideas on how the state should use renewable energy. (Capitol Media Services)
• Clean energy advocates in Nevada are divided over a ballot measure that aims to break up the state’s utility monopoly. (Nevada Current)

HYDROPOWER: A small remote village in Alaska celebrates the opening of its second hydroelectric facility, which now allows the community to get 80 percent of its power from renewable sources. (KTVA)

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OIL AND GAS: A proposed constitutional amendment in Colorado seeking to compensate property for financial losses caused by the government is the latest salvo between communities seeking local control and extractive industries. (Colorado Independent)

COMMENTARY: A former attorney for the Federal Highway Administration says more must be done to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles, which she says are key in the fight against climate change. (Sacramento Bee)

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