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Honolulu sues oil companies over climate change

CLIMATE: The city of Honolulu has filed a lawsuit against eight oil companies, accusing them of concealing the risks of climate change, “an existential threat for what the future looks like for islanders.” (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: A new poll of Washington voters finds nearly 70% believe that climate change is a major threat to health and the economy, and requires bold action. (Washington State Wire)

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CALIFORNIA:
PG&E is considering a proposal from solar and storage provider Sunrun that would create neighborhood microgrids. (Microgrid Knowledge)
Placer County, California residents have been unaffected by PG&E’s planned power shutoffs thanks to municipally-owned utilities and community choice aggregation. (Comstock’s Magazine)

POLLUTION: A low-income San Francisco community is installing air monitors in a bid to track pollution and improve public health. (48 Hills)

HYDROPOWER: FERC approves a preliminary permit for a Nevada hydropower proposal despite local opposition. (Reno Gazette Journal)

COAL: A Washington utility that is the largest owner of a Montana coal plant has planned an exit for years, and advocated for complete closure of the facility in 2018. (Billings Gazette)

OIL & GAS:
Wyoming oil companies are hoping they can withstand plunging oil prices. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Oil and gas operators in Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg Basin have been hit hard by low demand driven by market volatility. (Denver Post)
A public policy expert says the collapse in oil prices could adversely impact Weld County, Colorado’s economy and tax revenue over the next several years. (Loveland Reporter-Herald)
Construction is complete on a new natural gas processing plant that doubles its processing capacity in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. (Casper Star-Tribune)

NATURAL GAS: Experts say natural gas will play a big role in New Mexico’s transition to carbon-free electricity generation. (New Mexico Political Report)

SOLAR:
• Utah solar advocates are in conflict with Rocky Mountain Power over how much customers should be paid for power exported to the grid. (Greentech Media)
• A California-based solar software company says the state’s solar mandate for new housing means that “solar has to be moved up in front of the design process.” (PV Magazine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Washington lawmakers passed a bill that will increase the number of electric cars available in the state, but more aggressive measures failed to gain support. (InvestigateWest)
A Colorado bill aiming to clarify which automakers are allowed to sell electric vehicles without a dealership cleared its final legislative committee. (Colorado Sun)

EFFICIENCY: A Salt Lake City, Utah housing non-profit aims to create energy efficient housing that sells for well below market rates. (Salt Lake Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
Using California as an example, the Rocky Mountain Institute says distributed energy resources can help decrease the likelihood of wildfires and protect communities from their worst effects. (GreenBiz)
A Washington editorial board says it’s time for the state to enact a clean fuel standard. (Tacoma News Tribune)
A Nashville, Tennessee climate advocate says President Trump should stop opposing California’s car emissions standards. (Tennessean)
A business analyst says Oregon and Washington lawmakers must find better approaches to reduce carbon emissions. (The Reflector)
Two Washington health systems executives say cutting the state’s greenhouse emissions will protect patients and save lives. (Tacoma News-Tribune)

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