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Governor wants Washington running on 100 percent clean energy by 2045

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CLIMATE: Undeterred by the recent defeat of a proposed carbon tax, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils a package of legislation aimed at fighting climate change, including one measure to shift the state toward 100 percent clean energy by 2045. (Seattle Times)

RENEWABLES:
• While one Colorado co-op is seeking to end its relationship with its coal-heavy energy provider, another is looking to change it from within. (Energy News Network)
• Meanwhile, a Denver-based wholesale power provider wants to add 250 MW of wind and solar to its mix. (Solar Power World)
• Missoula, Montana is on track to have all of its municipal operations be carbon neutral by 2025. (Montana Public Radio)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• About half of all electric vehicles sold in the United States over the past seven years were sold in California, according to a new industry report. (Ars Technica)
• Four electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the surrounding area. (Steamboat Pilot)

CALIFORNIA FIRES:
• California regulators are poised to take a look at how utilities shut down power lines during dangerous situations such as wildfires. (Greentech Media)
• Two major California utilities are planning to implement several new measures aimed at reducing wildfire risks including covering power lines, installing new weather monitoring stations and increasing inspections. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• Environmentalists are protesting the BLM’s plan to auction off 155,000 acres of land in Utah at an oil and gas lease sale set for today. (Deseret News)
• Two reporters discuss how they examined the Trump administration’s plan to open 19 million acres of national wildlife refuge land in Alaska to drilling in a series of recent articles. (New York Times)
• Wyoming oil and gas producers are hoping to benefit from the sales of liquefied natural gas to Asian markets as ports along the Gulf Coast open. (Casper Star Tribune)

WIND: A Hawaii wind farm is facing opposition over the deaths of bats, which carry a special cultural significance for many residents. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

NUCLEAR: Nevada’s governor asks federal lawmakers not to include funding for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage project in any last-minute spending bills. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

SOLAR: A 2 MW solar farm is expected to go online in January in western Colorado, which is expected to save $1.2 million over 20 years in energy costs for a nearby town. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

COAL: One of Wyoming’s largest coal producers shifts part of its workforce from one local mine to another. (Gillette News Record)

COMMENTARY: An Arizona lawmaker says a plan requiring utilities to get 80 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2050 is a sensible strategy that should be embraced by state regulators. (Arizona Republic)

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