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In Montana, solar subscription comes with free beer

SOLAR: A Montana brewery is offering free beer to customers who sign up for a community solar array that it is hosting. (Helena Independent Record)

ALSO: Almost 30 percent of an Arizona utility’s solar installations have been in a handful of Phoenix suburbs. (Arizona 100)

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GRID: The largest lithium battery in Colorado — with a capacity of 4 MW — is expected to save a local utility $1 million a year. (Daily Camera)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• An Arizona regulator urges quick action on a proposal to require utilities to supply 80% of their electricity from carbon free sources before a moratorium on new natural gas plants expires. (Utility Dive)
• The Salt Lake City Fire Department unveils a new net-zero fire station. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• An impact statement for a proposed liquified natural gas facility in Washington states the project will have a net benefit in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, but only if the natural gas is sourced from British Columbia, which has stricter methane regulations. (Tacoma News Tribune)
• A bill introduced by Rep. Liz Cheney is reviving discussions about drilling in wilderness areas in Wyoming. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• A Colorado county changes its approval process for oil and gas pipelines. (Greeley Tribune)
• A Colorado city is for the moment staying neutral on a company’s plan to drill beneath some of its neighborhoods. (Reporter-Herald)

WIND: A recent report highlights the potential for renewable energy in Wyoming’s coal country. (Wyoming Business Report)

UTILITIES:
• Wyoming regulators consider a utility’s request for new rates for blockchain firms. (Daily Energy Insider)
• California regulators are working to decide what fees customers can be charged if they leave their utility for a local community energy program. (Capitol Weekly)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A dispute with an investor delays the launch of California startup’s new luxury electric car. (Los Angeles Times)

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CLIMATE: An Arizona scientist who co-authored a recent IPCC report on climate change discusses what her state can do to help. (Arizona Daily Star)

COMMENTARY: A newspaper editorial supports the creation of a clean energy fund in Portland, Oregon. (Portland Tribune)

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