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Daimler chooses Portland for electric truck plant

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Daimler Trucks announces plans to convert its Portland factory to begin making electric trucks in 2021, production that was originally slated for North Carolina. (The Oregonian)

ALSO: The Chinese maker of a luxury electric sports car plans to open its first U.S. plant in Spokane, Washington. (Spokesman-Review)

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UTILITIES:
• Warren Buffett shoots down rumors that Berkshire Hathaway is considering buying PG&E. (CNBC)
• Arizona regulators reject a move to require utilities to buy power from qualifying renewable energy facilities under contracts of at least 15 years. (Arizona Daily Star)

TRANSMISSION: New Mexico’s governor says she’s not happy with state regulators’ surprise decision to require Facebook to pay for a $39 million transmission line to help power its new data center south of Albuquerque. (Albuquerque Journal)

CARBON: California restaurants will soon have the chance to be verified as carbon neutral under a new program that will fund greenhouse reduction projects at local farms. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL: A company trying to open the first coal mine in northern Wyoming in 50 years wins a key court decision. (Casper Star Tribune)

STORAGE: A northern Colorado utility is testing a new battery system as it looks to move away from coal and natural gas. (KUNC)

POLITICS:
• A new law giving cities more control over drilling will likely heighten efforts by environmentalists and the oil and gas industry to shape local elections. (The Colorado Sun)
• Four bills currently under consideration by Colorado lawmakers could transform the direction of energy policy in the state. (The Colorado Sun)

OIL & GAS:
• Idaho regulators fine a Texas oil and gas company for injecting acid into a well to increase production without notifying the state. (Associated Press)
• Meanwhile, Idaho regulators vacate a previous order forcing landowners to sell their natural gas to the same Texas company. (Associated Press)
• A company is conducting seismic testing in northern Colorado over the objections of some homeowners who complained to state oil and gas regulators they weren’t notified. (The Denver Channel)

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NUCLEAR:
• A U.S. Senate hearing is set for next week to discuss restarting the licensing process to permanently store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Two federal courts have agreed to expedite Nevada’s legal efforts to block plutonium shipments from South Carolina. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A recent explosion at an Arizona battery facility shows that “storing energy isn’t easy, but that such incidents are relatively rare,” says an editorial columnist for the Arizona Republic.

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