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House climate panel seeks lessons from Colorado

CLIMATE: At the first hearing of a new U.S. House committee on climate change, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and other officials talk about the state’s progress in reducing emissions. (Westword)

NATURAL GAS: Officials in 17 California cities have passed resolutions opposing efforts to prohibit new natural gas connections. (Daily Bulletin)

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CARBON CAPTURE: The company proposing to install carbon capture technology at a New Mexico coal plant says it is pursuing federal funding for a more in-depth engineering study. (New Mexico Political Report)

RENEWABLES:
Arizona energy regulators consider proposals that would change the state’s renewables standard as the state’s largest utility seeks more flexibility. (KJZZ)
California utility PG&E announced a deal with three solar farms and two energy-storage providers that will give the utility a 10% discount. (Sacramento Bee)

SOLAR:
The developer of the 680 MW Gemini project in Nevada says more power plants like it are likely to be built. (KNPR)
A planned 150 MW solar project in Arizona will power two new Microsoft data centers in the state, according to the project’s developer. (Solar Industry)

COAL: Former Blackjewel mine employees in Wyoming are anxiously waiting for the results of yesterday’s assets auction which went on late in the evening; selected offers will need a federal bankruptcy judge’s approval at a sales hearing scheduled for August 5. (Gillette News Record, Casper Star-Tribune)

OIL AND GAS:
• Oil companies seek to dismiss a lawsuit that says they failed to obtain proper permits before beginning operations in Colorado. (Broomfield Enterprise)
Oregon lawmakers introduce a bill that would require railroad companies to share information about oil trains with first responders. (KATU)
Colorado officials contemplate rescinding and revising outdated local regulations in the wake of new oil and gas state requirements mandated by Senate Bill 181. (The Daily Sentinel)
Colorado regulators have implemented tougher requirements for “forced pooling,” a practice that allows an energy company to extract oil and gas owned by multiple parties and then distribute the profits among them. (Associated Press)

BIOENERGY:
• A researcher from UCLA says producing energy from available waste resources in the U.S. could cut carbon emissions equivalent to taking 37 million cars off the road. (news release)
The first dairy renewable natural gas facility in California has been completed; is expected to be the largest dairy biogas operation in the United States. (Daily Energy Insider)

MICROGRIDS: Federal grants will help support tribal microgrid projects in Alaska and California. (Microgrid Knowledge)

EFFICIENCY: A new Utah middle school will be the first in the state to use energy-efficiency insulated concrete form construction. (Standard-Examiner)

TRANSPORTATION: A Colorado company converts gas and diesel trucks into zero emission vehicles by taking out engines and gas tanks and replacing them with motors and batteries. (KCNC)

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POLITICS:
Public records reveal that bankrupt California utility PG&E paid far more for lobbying in 2018 than it did giving directly to candidates or causes in the past few years; this year such spending has dropped. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Climate and clean energy were a focus at a recent Salt Lake City mayoral debate. (KSL)

COMMENTARY:
The Natural Resources Defense Council explains how a recent ruling by California regulators opens the door to more energy-efficient appliances.
The president of a New Mexico utility says the company embraces renewable energy and new technologies as it transitions away from coal. (Albuquerque Journal)
A former Bureau of Land Management official says the agency’s energy policies are out of date, and “inaction is costing taxpayers dearly.” (Missoulian)

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