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Key permit denied for Oregon natural gas terminal

OIL & GAS: Oregon environmental regulators deny a key water quality certification for a liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline, but leave the door open for the project developer to reapply. (The Oregonian)

ALSO: On the heels of a new law changing the way the oil and gas industry is regulated in Colorado, communities waste no time writing their own drilling rules. (Denver Post)

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RENEWABLES: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign legislation into law today putting the state on a path toward 100 percent clean energy by 2045. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

COAL: Colorado coal communities start to plan for a fossil-free future. (Denver Post)

STORAGE: California’s grid operator has become one of the first wholesale market power providers to integrate a flow battery system, a move aimed at injecting more clean energy into the grid. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

CLIMATE:
• Anchorage releases a plan to cut municipal emissions by 80 percent by 2050. (Alaska Public Media)
• Hawaii lawmakers pass bills mandating energy efficient appliances and creating incentives for building electric vehicle charging stations, but stop short of passing other climate-related bills. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A trade group representing the nation’s major auto manufacturers is trying to convince Colorado’s governor to adopt voluntary efforts to boost electric vehicles instead of California’s mandatory rules. (Reuters)

UTILITIES:
• City leaders in Long Beach, California consider forming their own government-run power program in hopes of offering cleaner energy at a lower cost to residents. (Long Beach Business Journal)
• California residents who depend on breathing devices and other medical technologies worry about plans by the state’s largest utility to cut power to minimize wildfire risks. (San Francisco Chronicle)

SOLAR: A California mushroom grower expects to save $9.7 million over 25 years in energy costs by installing solar panels and a storage system at its production and research facility. (Solar Industry Magazine)

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NUCLEAR: U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York becomes the sixth Democratic presidential candidate to support legislation seeking to prevent nuclear waste from being stored at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
Community microgrids that incorporate electric vehicles and all-electric buildings should be part of the path forward for California communities, says a local clean energy advocate. (Greentech Media)
• The editorial board of the Las Vegas Sun says the U.S. Department of Energy’s assertion that Nevada has no regard for national security because of its efforts to keep nuclear waste out of the state is “a blood-boiling insult.”
• Microsoft has a lot to show for its climate and clean energy efforts, but by signing on to an oil industry campaign to “shirk the responsibility for the skyrocketing cost of climate damage” the company “has confused the issue,” says the leader of a global climate campaign. (Seattle Times)

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