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Energy storage bill signed into law in Colorado

STORAGE: Colorado’s governor signs a bill into law designed to encourage utilities to include storage in their long-term plans. (Utility Dive)

COAL:  As pressure increases to find a new owner, hundreds of coal miners, and members of the Navajo and Hopi tribes rally to try to save an Arizona coal plant from closing. (Associated Press)

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POLITICS:
• A New Mexico regulator backed by the state’s largest electric utility appears to be headed toward defeat in his re-election bid. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• California residents are poised to reject a ballot measure that would have put limits on how the state’s cap and trade program funds are spent. (Los Angeles Times)

GEOTHERMAL: As lava threatens to destroy a Hawaiian geothermal plant, some neighbors are rooting for the lava. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

CLIMATE: After a decade of failed carbon tax proposals, a diverse coalition of groups in Washington state is pushing a “carbon fee” ballot measure. (Grist)

SOLAR:
• Solar energy powers a former crumbling apartment building in Los Angeles, one of the first beneficiaries of an effort to bring free clean energy to low-income renters impacted by fossil fuel development. (High Country News)
• An Oregon contractor sues the owners of a 56 MW solar array, claiming he’s owed more than $2.2 million for work on the project, which was the largest in state when construction began in 2017. (Bend Bulletin)

RENEWABLES: Increasing electric vehicle use, modernizing the grid and retiring fossil fuel plants early are just some of the ways Hawaii can meet its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2045, according to a report. (GreenBiz)

PIPELINES: Utah regulators are seeking up to $1 million in civil penalties against a pipeline operator accused of having deficient emergency plans and other violations. (Deseret News)

OIL AND GAS: Wyoming sues a local refinery over the repeated release of hydrogen sulfide. (K2 radio)

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SCIENCE: Oregon scientists find more than 1,000 methane seep sites off the Pacific Northwest coast, a discovery that could be a new source of energy or potentially a serious environmental problem. (Science Daily)

COMMENTARY:
• An Arizona congressman says it’s time to acknowledge the Republican approach to the Navajo Generating Station for what it is — “a hypocritical handout for an outdated fuel source wrapped in concern for tribal well-being.” (The Hill)
• It will take more political will from Hawaii lawmakers to finally get electric vehicle legislation signed into law, says a vice president of a Hawaiian investment firm. (Honolulu Civil Beat)
Nevada’s energy choice initiative isn’t a vote for clean energy. It’s an invitation for problems, says a local clean energy blogger. (Nevada Appeal)

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