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In Hawaii, ‘mind-blowing’ low prices for solar+storage

SOLAR: Clean energy developers have submitted “jaw dropping” low prices for six solar-plus-storage projects in Hawaii recently submitted to regulators for approval by the state’s largest electric utility. (Greentech Media)

• A former professional baseball manager launches a Sacramento-based solar energy company focused on developing large projects for historically black universities, cannabis growers, tribal reservations and commercial businesses. (Bloomberg)
• A New Mexico Indian reservation will begin using solar-powered drones to help it monitor its bison herd, map cultural resources and improve firefighting and search and rescue efforts. (Albuquerque Journal)
• An electric co-op that serves northwestern Montana launches the second phase of a community solar program, citing growing customer demand. (NBC Montana)

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• California’s largest utility is considering filing for bankruptcy protection to guard against its growing wildfire liability. (Reuters)
• California’s investor-owned utilities are spending tens of millions of dollars to lobby for a law that would allow them to pass on the cost of their wildfire liability to customers. (New York Times)

• Despite the partial government shutdown, the Trump administration is making sure federal land managers in Alaska continue to work on efforts to open a local national wildlife refuge to drilling. (Alaska Energy Desk)
• New Mexico oil and gas regulators will revisit a controversial decision to allow a Texas company to double the density of its wells in a historic basin in the northwest part of the state. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• Colorado wildlife officials continue to push federal land managers to limit oil and gas pads to one per square mile in critical big game habitat. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• The impact of the two-week partial government shutdown on Wyoming’s oil and gas industry is unclear but company officials say communication between them and BLM offices has mostly ceased. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Four environmental groups have appealed a federal judge’s decision to dismiss their lawsuits challenging leasing in a federal oil reserve in Alaska. (Associated Press)

POLLUTION: A coalition of environmental groups filed have pledged to sue the EPA, arguing it’s failing to hold Utah coal plants, refineries and other industries accountable for clean air rules. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: A Hawaii agency is seeking applications for renewable energy projects in southeast Maui after other proposals fell through. (Maui News)

• California won’t meet its ambitious climate goals unless it gets serious about making its buildings more energy efficient, says the director of a local coalition focused on building decarbonization. (Sacramento Bee)
• Utah’s new plan to clean up its air is a series of “small” moves and lacks any sense of urgency, says the editorial board of the Salt Lake Tribune.

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