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Lawsuit: Feds planning crackdown on pipeline protesters

PIPELINES: Civil liberties groups are suing the U.S. government in federal court in Montana, alleging it is making advance preparations to crack down on pipeline protesters. (Associated Press)

• New Mexico’s largest utility is seeking expedited approval of its plan to build two new solar plants to supply Facebook’s data center south of Albuquerque. (Albuquerque Journal)
• Arizona’s largest electric utility launches a program designed to bring solar energy to limited or moderate income customers. (Solar Industry Magazine)

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RENEWABLES: The University of California pledges to use only energy from renewable sources by 2025. (Daily Bruin)

• Colorado’s oil and gas industry is focusing all of its efforts on fighting a drilling setback initiative, not picking sides in the governor’s race. (Colorado Politics)
• Wyoming’s unique water allow allows property owners to prosper by selling the resource to oil and gas companies fracking in the state. (WyoFile)

COAL: Colorado’s year-to-date coal production decreases by 7 percent as companies pin their hopes on international markets. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

• Not all of California’s utilities will get wildfire the liability relief they sought under recently passed legislation. (Bloomberg)
• An Idaho utility plans for future growth and charts a course away from coal. (Idaho Press)
• Montana regulators continue to weigh how a South Dakota-based utility will spend $14 million in savings from federal tax cuts. (Missoula Current)
• An Idaho-based utility’s plan to adjust rates could result in a 10 percent decrease in customers’ monthly bills, state regulators say. (Daily Energy Insider)

NUCLEAR: Nevada’s governor says the state needs to be more aggressive in its fight to keep nuclear waste from being permanently stored there. (Nevada Appeal)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A national laboratory in Idaho invests in solar-powered electric vehicle charging infrastructure for its fleet used to transport employees to its remote desert site. (Energy Manager Today)

Moving the BLM’s headquarters to Utah would result in better decision making about managing the nation’s public lands, says the editorial board of the Deseret News.
• A former environmental reporter and opinion writer urges California’s governor to sign a bill mandating the state get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045. (New York Times)

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