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TRANSMISSION: A developer lays out plans for a 730-mile transmission line that could carry wind power from Wyoming to California. (The Week)

POLITICS: A Nevada energy choice initiative pits a billionaire casino owner against a billionaire utility owner. (Reno Gazette Journal)

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STORAGE: An Oakland company develops a lithium extraction process that could significantly lower electric vehicle battery costs. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES: As the customer choice movement grows in California, critics say the multiplying power providers could put the state’s efforts in decarbonization, affordability and reliability at risk. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS:
• More than 4 of every 5 acres of non-federal land in Colorado would be off-limits to drilling under a ballot measure that aims to increase setbacks, according to a new state analysis. (Denver Post)
• A New Mexico oil and gas company obtains 3,000 mineral leases to begin drilling in the city of Carlsbad. (Carlsbad Current Argus)
• As a heat wave loosens its grip on southern California, a local utility backs off an earlier threat to curtail natural gas use. (Reuters)

COAL:
• A former Utah coal town seeks to become a mecca of outdoor recreation and home to a new national monument. (Outside)
• A Navajo Nation company buys partial ownership of a New Mexico coal plant. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: A Southern California school district installs solar arrays at three high schools, a move estimated to save $20 million in electricity costs over the next 25 years. (Solar Power World)

CLEAN ENERGY: Boise students are scheduled today to deliver more than 1,000 postcards in support of the city’s clean energy work. (Idaho Press)

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CLIMATE: The heat wave gripping southern California shows how climate change is affecting global temperatures. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
• Xcel Energy’s plan to increase renewable energy and retire a coal plant in southern Colorado is a bold step and one that could be good for the region’s economy, says a local editorial board. (Pueblo Chieftain)
• It’s time for a Portland area transit agency to adopt a bold strategy to electrify its bus fleet, says a local county commissioner. (The Oregonian)

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