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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)

• 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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• 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 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)

• 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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