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Denver embarks on an ambitious clean energy plan

RENEWABLES: Denver’s mayor lays out an ambitious plan to get 100 percent of the city’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. (Colorado Independent)

UTILITIES:
• Clean energy advocates are accusing Arizona’s largest utility of spending millions of dollars to try to “poach” people hired to gather signatures for a ballot measure. (Arizona Republic)
• The California lawmaker who authored a bill that would allow the state’s largest utility to shift responsibility for paying for damages from last year’s wildfires to its customers has a son who works for the company. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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SOLAR:
• Colorado Springs is planning to build two solar arrays capable of powering 30,000 homes for a year. (Colorado Springs Gazette)
• An Idaho clean energy company promises to donate a solar-powered generator kit to a family in Puerto Rico every time a kit is purchased. (Good4Utah)

STORAGE: California’s largest utility is not sharing the details of its plan to build four large storage projects. (Utility Dive)

GEOTHERMAL: Washington researchers will drill holes in some of the state’s volcanoes in an effort to explore their potential geothermal energy. (The Spokesman-Review)

OIL AND GAS:
• Oil and gas companies are taking advantage of permissive laws in Texas to buy water for drilling in New Mexico, worrying state officials there the aquifer both states share will eventually be drained. (New Mexico Political Report)
• A federal court in California rejected the Trump administration’s request to move a lawsuit challenging rules for hydraulic fracturing to Wyoming where they had hoped to find a sympathetic judge. (E&E News, subscription)

GRID: Verizon and Hawaii’s largest utility join forces to install smart sensors on the telecommunication company’s network to measure solar energy. (Honolulu Star Advertiser)

PIPELINES: A major Mexican pipeline opened this week but is expected to provide little immediate relief to oil and gas companies hoping to move natural gas out of Texas and New Mexico’s Permian Basin. (Bloomberg)

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NUCLEAR: Emails recently released by court order show that California state officials frequently met in private to discuss energy issues before regulators including a now-closed nuclear plant. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• California shouldn’t enter what amounts to a high-risk game of regional power politics by expanding its grid, say two local editorial boards. (The Mercury News and East Bay Times)
• Recent actions taken by California regulators are important first steps toward making sure disadvantaged communities have access to clean, affordable energy, says a state utility regulator and a policy analyst for an environmental group. (The Mercury News)

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