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Facebook off the hook for New Mexico power line

TRANSMISSION: New Mexico regulators defer a decision on whether Facebook should pay for half of a new transmission line, allowing a state utility to reapply for a rate increase after walking back its executive’s comments that the data company would be the primary beneficiary of the project. (Albuquerque Journal)

CLIMATE: A bill to establish a cap-and-trade program in Oregon advances to the state House, despite opposition from loggers and other industrial groups. (Oregonian, Associated Press)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: California’s Monterey Bay area, which already gets 100% of its energy from renewable sources, is working on a plan to reduce the share of hydropower in the mix. (Monterey County Weekly)

OIL AND GAS:
• Environmental groups are stepping up legal attacks on fossil fuel leases on federal land. (Reuters)
• Alaska lawmakers reject a plan to pay out a full $3,000 oil fund dividend to residents. (Associated Press)

HYDROPOWER:
• A remote Alaska village is developing a run-of-river hydropower system to offset high energy costs from diesel generators. (Alaska Journal of Commerce)
• Another Alaska town has installed a 1 MW battery storage system to supplement its hydropower system during times of peak demand. (Greentech Media)
• Senators from Oregon and Hawaii are among those backing a bill to increase federal investment in wave energy technology. (KTVZ)

NUCLEAR:
• A congressional committee rejected an amendment yesterday to fund a restart of the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak sends a letter to Congress stating he is “totally opposed” to efforts to restart the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain waste site. (Nevada Independent)
• Some local officials in New Mexico say they are “disappointed” in Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s opposition to a nuclear waste site in the state. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

SOLAR:
• U.S. trade officials say a new type of bifacial solar panel will be exempted from Trump administration tariffs. (Reuters)
• A solar cooperative in northern Colorado has signed on 75 members and is continuing to see strong interest. (North Forty News)

COAL: A bankruptcy court has cleared the way for Cloud Peak Energy to pay millions in back taxes owed to a Wyoming county. (Gillette News Record)

COMMENTARY:
• The Natural Resources Defense Council recaps a series of clean energy bills passed in the Nevada legislature this year.
• Members of Oregon’s Citizens Utility Board say proposed cap-and-trade legislation will benefit the economy. (Albany Democrat-Herald)

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