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Environmentalists: Nevada energy choice initiative would stall clean energy progress

RENEWABLES: Saying it would cause market disruption and stall clean energy progress, several environmental groups come out against a Nevada energy choice initiative. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
• Southern California electric customers could see $775 million in savings in coming years as a result of a settlement stemming from a 2012 nuclear plant closure. (Associated Press)
• A Southern California utility posts a nearly $1 billion loss stemming from last year’s devastating wildfires. (Associated Press)
• Colorado regulators direct a utility that provides electricity for communities in the southern part of the state to develop a time-of-use plan. (Pueblo Chieftain)

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TRANSMISSION: Xcel Energy completes the first segment of a $400 million transmission line project that will deliver power from West Texas to New Mexico’s booming oil and gas region. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

PIPELINES: Washington is among seven states urging federal regulators to give more consideration to the environmental costs associated with the construction of natural gas pipelines. (InsideClimate News)

POLITICS:
• Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar predicts the courts will throw out a Colorado ballot initiative seeking to establish greater drilling setbacks should voters approve the measure in November. (Denver Post)
• Meanwhile, the proponents for the ballot measure say the company they hired to gather signatures for the ballot initiative left the state with seven boxes containing up to 20,000 signatures. (Denver Post)

OIL AND GAS: If political winds shift in November, Colorado’s oil and gas industry could face a tough new regulations and a new governor who has fought them in the past. (Colorado Independent)

COAL: The lack of disruption from a Montana coal plant’s month-long shutdown is more evidence that the plant isn’t needed, environmentalists say. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• A Los Angeles suburb is cutting ties with a controversial solar project and stands to lose its $20 million investment. (Southern California News Group)
• California bucks a national trend for commercial solar markets as most installations are customer-owned. (Greentech Media)
• The University of Colorado’s Athletic Department teams up with a Utah company to launch a residential community solar program. (CU Boulder Today)

WIND: Officials with a Hawaii wind company accuse a county department of failing to honor a power purchase agreement, putting the project in jeopardy. (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

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EMISSIONS: A legal expert says the Trump administration’s move to weaken California’s authority on auto emissions could lead to a challenge to the Supreme Court decision giving the EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• A Nevada clean energy ballot measure will help the state tap more geothermal energy, says the interim chair of a state policy committee. (Reno Gazette-Journal)
• A recent cost-benefit study ordered by Idaho regulators will prove that solar energy makes sense for the state, says one of the directors of a local clean energy association. (Idaho Statesman)
• A utility that serves southern Colorado is a lot more customer-friendly these days, a local editorial board says, but is it enough to keep ratepayers from dumping them? (Pueblo Chieftain)

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