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Expanded Western energy market increasing clean energy use

GRID: The creation of the Western energy imbalance market in 2014 has led to increased renewable energy use, California grid officials say. (Power Magazine)

• A Colorado state legislator will introduce a bill next year that gives utilities a tool to speed the retirement of coal-fired power plants that are unable to compete with cheaper technologies.
• A nasty family fight over a Wyoming company’s plan to mine coal on a Montana reservation prompts the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to intervene. (WyoFile)
• A Denver-based oil and gas company is appealing the BLM’s decision to allow a major coal company to mine land in Wyoming where the two have overlapping leases. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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• A northern Colorado wholesale power provider is moving forward with its plan to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 despite a recent report that suggests the move will raise electricity rates. (Longmont Times-Call)
• Even by California standards, the 2018 legislative session produced some of the most ambitious clean energy laws ever to be enacted by the state. (Quartz)

TRANSPORTATION: An attorney who Time magazine once dubbed the “Queen of Green,” now leads the California’s fight to block the Trump administration’s plan to freeze fuel economy standards as the powerful chair of the state agency that regulates air quality. (The Atlantic)

PUBLIC LANDS: A U.S. Senator from Utah announces his opposition to a local congressman’s plan to use royalty money from energy development on federal lands to pay for national park maintenance. (Salt Lake Tribune)

• A judge is requesting more information before ruling on a lawsuit challenging the Alaska governor’s plan to pay off the state’s oil and gas tax credit obligations. (Associated Press)
• An environmental group is seeking to block one of the largest oil and gas developments in Wyoming over air pollution concerns. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• A Los Angeles area oil and gas production facility that voluntarily shut down five years ago has submitted plans to resume operations in mid-October over objections of many neighbors. (NBC Los Angeles)

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POLITICS: Leaders of a Colorado environmental group say they will spend $3.2 million to try to defeat the Republican gubernatorial candidate for his “full-throated defense” of the oil and gas industry and because “he’s spread misinformation” about the cost of clean energy. (Colorado Politics)

• Two recently adopted California clean energy initiatives will only raise the cost of living there, says a policy analyst for a conservative Texas think tank. (The Hill)
• A Trump administration plan to roll back auto emission standards likely won’t survive a legal challenge by California and other states, says the former counsel to the National Commission on Product Safety. (The Hill)

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