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Green New Deal announced for Los Angeles

CLIMATE: The mayor of Los Angeles unveils the city’s version of a “Green New Deal,” a sweeping set of sustainability goals including phasing out gasoline powered cars by the 2030s. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: California’s “Queen of Green” moves into the national spotlight with the state’s high profile fight with the Trump administration over its efforts to roll back vehicle emission standards. (The Hill)

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SOLAR: Once a leader in community solar, Colorado looks to regain some of the momentum it’s lost since launching the first statewide program almost a decade ago. (Greentech Media)

GRID: California regulators adopt a statewide portfolio that includes 12 GW of new solar, wind, geothermal and battery storage to be adopted by 2030. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
• Officials with California’s largest utility say they aren’t sure when they will be able to compensate wildfire victims. (Associated Press)
• Time is running out for a handful of climate bills backed by Colorado’s largest utility. (Denver Business Journal)
• A Nevada casino and resort has withdrawn its application to leave the state’s largest utility. (The Nevada Independent)

TRANSMISSION: A New Mexico utility tells state regulators that an $85 million transmission line will benefit all of its customers, not just Facebook, which was recently ordered to pick up half the tab of the project. (Albuquerque Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California is considering setting zero-emission sales target for trucks, a move that could boost the number of electric trucks in the state. (Union of Concerned Scientists blog)

OIL & GAS:
• Environmentalists are threatening to sue federal land managers over their plans to sell oil and gas leases in northeast Nevada, home to an imperiled bird. (Associated Press)
• Meanwhile, Idaho and Utah head to court to defend the Trump administration’s plan to allow drilling on sage grouse habitat in seven Western states. (Associated Press)
• The appointment of the head of the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry in Colorado represents a profound philosophical shift in how the state manages drilling. (Colorado Independent)
• A positive start to the year for the oil and gas industry has improved the economic outlook for Wyoming. (Casper Star Tribune)

POLITICS: Two bills seeking to protect coal miners’ health care benefits should their employer declare bankruptcy have yet to earn the support of Wyoming’s congressional delegation. (WyoFile)

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NUCLEAR: Nevada senators say they will testify to the dangers associated with permanently storing nuclear waste in the state when a Senate committee takes up legislation seeking to resume licensing for Yucca Mountain. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COMMENTARY: California’s treasurer says it’s time the state “recognize the value green bonds can contribute to meeting the state’s infrastructure needs.” (Sacramento Bee)

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