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Does Los Angeles really need a new natural gas plant?

CLIMATE: Advocates question the need for a new natural gas plant to serve Los Angeles as the city shifts away from coal. (Los Angeles Times)

POLITICS:
• New Mexico’s attorney general is criticized by a dark-money organization with a history of promoting fossil fuels for employing two attorneys from a New York University environmental program. (Associated Press, DeSmog)
• Oregon Republicans, who defeated a climate bill by leaving the state, are now seeking to recall the state’s governor for supporting the proposal. (OPB)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to block drilling near the Petrified Forest National Park. (Capitol Media Services)
• A utility worker was killed and 15 people were injured after a ruptured gas line exploded in southern California. (Reuters)

OVERSIGHT: A Republican senator says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters will be moved to Grand Junction, Colorado. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Wyoming enters a partnership with Japan’s coal industry to develop carbon capture technology. (Wyoming Public Media)
• A worker was seriously injured in an accident at a Colorado mine last week. (Durango Herald)

NUCLEAR: Wyoming lawmakers consider storing nuclear waste in the state to help make up for lost revenue as the coal industry declines. (WyoFile)

SOLAR:
• The Ute tribe in Colorado is seeking to develop as much as 300 MW of renewable energy. (High Country News)
• A federal agency clears the way for a 32 MW solar project in Arizona. (Parker Live)

WIND: Xcel Energy marks the completion of a 478 MW wind farm that will serve customers in Texas and New Mexico. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The California Energy Commission awards $70 million to replace 200 diesel school buses with electric models. (news release)

TECHNOLOGY: An Oregon utility launches a smart grid initiative that it calls a “roadmap to a virtual power plant.” (news release)

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UTILITIES: Rural Alaska towns brace for higher energy costs as a state equalization fund runs out. (Alaska Public Media)

COMMENTARY: A California legislator says hydropower should count as renewable energy. (CalMatters)

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