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Construction is complete on Colorado’s largest wind farm

WIND: Xcel Energy completes construction of Colorado’s largest wind farm, a 600 MW project that spans five counties. (Denver Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As electric vehicle sales pick up in Colorado, two rural co-ops have been leading the way on encouraging the transition. (Energy News Network)

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RENEWABLES: The city council in Spokane, Washington overrides the mayor’s veto of a plan to get all of the city’s energy from renewable sources by 2030. (The Spokesman-Review)

• California is the undisputed state leader when it comes to solar energy, according to a new report. (CNBC)
• A solar developer asks an Oregon land board to order a county to reconsider its decision to deny its project, saying local officials’ decision showed “a plain case of bias.” (Capital Press)

• California and New Mexico sue the Trump administration over its rollback of federal methane rules. (Associated Press)
• Attorneys for two oil companies targeted in a climate change lawsuit are arguing the Colorado plaintiffs in the case — and everyone else that uses fossil fuels — are to blame for damages. (Longmont Times-Call)

BIOFUELS: Oregon residents will soon be able to collect tax credits for cow manure that is converted into biofuels. (Bloomberg)

• A California startup is launching a new battery system that links to home automation and energy management devices, a possible rival to Tesla’s Powerwall. (Greentech Media)
• California regulators propose a fix for a state incentive program for energy storage that inadvertently raised greenhouse gas emissions. (Utility Dive)

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• Both candidates seeking to become New Mexico’s next land commissioner are bullish on renewable energy but differ over how prominent oil and gas will be in the state’s future. (New Mexico In-Depth)
• Supporters of an Arizona clean energy initiative say language inserted into the ballot measure by the attorney general’s office makes it unlikely to pass. (Arizona Republic)

HYDROPOWER: Local officials in Southeast Alaska hope new hydropower and biomass projects can help lower electricity rates. (KTOO)

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