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Idaho looks to clean energy as coal gets scarcer

WIND: Idaho looks to Wyoming wind power as coal plants retire and droughts sap hydropower resources. (CleanTechnica)

EMISSIONS: California regulators plan to continue enforcing their own emission limits for vehicles despite the Trump administration’s efforts to revoke its authority. (Bloomberg)

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UTILITIES: Hawaii regulators take a step toward ordering performance incentives for the state’s largest utility, a move that could prevent it from shifting volatile fuel prices onto customers. (Utility Dive)

GRID: A federal research lab in California is part of a group seeking proposals to improve interoperability of devices on a the electric grid. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS:
• Supporters of a Colorado ballot initiative to create larger buffers between oil and gas operations and homes and schools deliver 171,000 signatures to try to earn a spot on the November ballot. (Denver Post)
• Denver’s Chamber of Commerce cuts ties with a petition-gathering company after discovering it was also collecting signatures for the drilling setback measure, which it opposes. (Colorado Independent)
• The risk of oil and gas drilling under a northern Colorado reservoir presents “minimal” water quality risks, city staff says. (Boulder Daily Camera)

RENEWABLES: Gluts of solar and wind energy are pushing prices to near zero, causing headaches for generators in places like California. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
• A St. Louis construction company will break ground on 12 solar projects in Colorado this month. (Greeley Tribune)
• A southern Arizona electric co-op is building an 10 MW solar farm. (Arizona Public Media)

POLITICS: A Republican candidate for governor in Wyoming says a federal judge’s decision requiring the BLM to weight climate change impacts from new coal, oil and gas leases will add “unjustified burdens” to the state’s fossil fuel industries. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• A carbon tax is “poor public policy” and would be detrimental to Utah, says the vice president of a state taxpayers’ association. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• New Mexico leaders should recognize the upside of importing water from Texas to facilitate oil and gas development, says a water and commodity expert from Rice University. (Midland Reporter Telegram)

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