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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)

SOLAR:  
• 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)

OIL AND GAS:
• 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)

UTILITIES:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
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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