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Investigation questions benefits of some California carbon offsets

CLIMATE POLICY: An investigation finds many transactions in California’s carbon offset market are for improvements that would have happened anyway. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

ALSO: A lawsuit in an Oregon federal court led by young plaintiffs, aged 11 to 22, could have broad implications for U.S. climate law. (E&E News)

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WIND:
New Mexico regulators last week approved a construction permit for a 2,200 MW wind project. (SNL Energy/IEEFA)
Rocky Mountain Power begins work on upgrading turbines at a Wyoming wind farm. (Daily Energy Insider)

GRID: Advocates for regionalizing the Western grid say it’s a necessary step for California to reach its clean energy goals. (RTO Insider)

SOLAR:
Farmland conservationists reach a settlement with developers of an Oregon solar project that will also provide bee habitat. (Capital Press)
A 2.87 MW solar project goes online in Hawaii. (Maui News)

EFFICIENCY: A new high-efficiency subdivision near Clovis, California is the largest of its kind in the state. (Fresno Bee)

NUCLEAR: A Washington state nuclear plant sets a new record for electricity production. (Forbes)

COAL:
Why interior Alaska is still heavily dependent on coal. (KTOO)
A struggling Colorado coal company gets an extension on a loan payment. (KTVQ)

OIL AND GAS:
Federal regulators are fast-tracking a $45 billion liquified natural gas pipeline in Alaska that is aimed at serving Asian markets. (DC Report/Salon)
A study finds Coloradans living near oil and gas infrastructure often feel powerless to influence development. (ThinkProgess)

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TRANSMISSION: Officials in a Colorado county delay a decision on a transmission line that is opposed by some nearby residents. (Pueblo Chieftain)

COMMENTARY:
An Idaho nonprofit says energy resilience is creating new economic opportunities for the state. (Idaho Business Review)
A newspaper columnist digs into the arguments for and against an Arizona clean energy ballot initiative. (Arizona Daily Star)
A Republican New Mexico lawmaker says advancing clean energy is critical for preserving jobs in his state. (Eastern New Mexico News)

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