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Enron, Trump loom over discussions to unify Western grid

GRID: The specter of the Enron crisis, along with concerns about the Trump administration influencing California energy policy, complicate discussions about uniting the Western power grid. (Bloomberg)

TRANSMISSION: The developers of a proposed transmission line urge New Mexico regulators to reject a staff recommendation against the project. (Albuquerque Journal)

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POLITICS:
• A judge rejects signatures for a clean energy ballot measure collected by 254 circulators who failed to show up in court — about 15 percent of the people who worked on the measure. (Capitol News Service)
• Mayors of two Arizona cities sign on to a lawsuit challenging a clean-energy ballot measure. (East Valley Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: An analysis calls Alaska’s North Slope an emerging “super basin” with production expected to increase 40 percent in 8 years. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• “The ice has been broken” on electric vehicle charging in interior Alaska with new charging stations at a resort near Fairbanks. (KTVF)
• A California city is halfway to its goal of fully electrifying its transit system. (NGT News)

CLIMATE: A study finds more Utahns are talking about climate change, with a majority acknowledging that human-caused emissions are the primary cause. (Standard-Examiner)

EFFICIENCY: An Oregon nonprofit is helping marijuana growing operations cut their energy use. (Cannabis Business Times)

NUCLEAR:
• California lawmakers pass a bill that would provide funds for workers and communities impacted by the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. (San Jose Mercury News)
• An expert says a recent incident involving spent nuclear fuel at the San Onofre plant did not pose a threat to the public but urges the utility decommissioning the plant to “stop tempting fate.” (San Diego Union Tribune)

RENEWABLES: The city of Spokane, Washington adopts an “aspirational strategic goal” to source all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. (Spokesman-Review)

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BIOENERGY: Researchers at New Mexico’s Los Alamos National Laboratory explore ways to convert algae into biofuel. (Durango Herald)

COMMENTARY: A group of scientists co-sign a letter urging California to transition to 100% carbon-free energy by 2045. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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