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Idaho utility sets 100 percent clean energy goal by 2045

RENEWABLES: Citing customer demand and declining costs, an Idaho utility announces it will only use clean energy by 2045, phasing out both coal and natural gas. (Idaho Statesman)

ALSO: Renewable energy development in rural Arizona contributed more than $9 billion to the state’s economy since 2000, according to a new report. (KTAR)

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COAL:
• The Navajo Nation looks to adopt clean energy policies now that an Arizona coal plant on tribal land is set to close by the end of the year. (Farmington Daily Times)
• The New York Stock Exchange suspends trading in a Wyoming coal exporter because of its sustained low stock price. (Casper Star Tribune)

GEOTHERMAL: Some New Mexico residents worry that a geothermal plant is tainting local aquifers. (Searchlight New Mexico)

OIL & GAS:
• A bill seeking to overhaul the way Colorado regulates oil and gas development has cleared two of three state House committees. (Denver Post)
• Several Alaska residents ask members of a U.S. House Committee not to vote for a bill that would allow a national wildlife refuge to be opened to drilling. (E&E News, subscription)
• The cost of gasoline is expected to rise in California where a refinery was recently shut down due to an equipment failure. (KQED)

CLIMATE: Some environmentalists say a Colorado bill that seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions doesn’t go far enough to address climate change. (Westword)

NUCLEAR:
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry tells lawmakers it’s time to stop scattering nuclear waste throughout the country for storage as he defended the Trump administration’s plans to restart the licensing process at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. (Associated Press)
• Xcel Energy’s CEO says losing nuclear energy would be “a step back” on the path to carbon-free generation. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS: U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah illustrates his opposition to the Green New Deal with a poster of a machine-gun-wielding Ronald Reagan riding a dinosaur. (Salt Lake Tribune)

RESEARCH: Colorado researchers discover a way to distinguish methane emissions from oil and gas development and from livestock through identifying tracer chemicals. (Boulder Daily Camera)

EFFICIENCY: Denver is converting 44,000 streetlights to LED lights to save on energy costs and improve visibility. (Denver Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Hawaii utility installs its fifth fast charger for electric vehicles on Big Island. (Big Island News Now)

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SOLAR: A Hawaii real estate company is tests solar-powered trash compactors. (KITV)

COMMENTARY: The Green New Deal resolution backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey sets unachievable goals, says former Colorado governor and presidential candidate John Hickenlooper. (Denver Post)

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