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Los Angeles inks dirt cheap solar/storage deal

SOLAR: Los Angeles’ city utility approves a deal with a solar-storage project that will provide roughly 7% of the city’s electricity needs — even at night — at a record-low 3.3 cents per kWh. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: Utah is ninth among the top 10 states in the U.S. with increased solar energy generation over the past 10 years according to a new public interest group report, which also ranks seven western states in the top 20. (Deseret News, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group)

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U.S. Senate Democrats are introducing legislation today that would designate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a wilderness off-limits to haul roads, pipelines, and drilling platforms. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
A 10-day protest period is underway for those opposed to the sale of federal land in southeast New Mexico to the oil and gas industry. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A former Alaska State Senator is part of a new group pushing for reform of the state’s oil and gas tax credit system through a ballot proposal. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Community conservationists insist a 40-foot exposed PG&E natural gas pipeline in a Lafayette, California, regional park is “a significant and imminent threat” to safety; a spokesman for the utility disagrees. (Mercury News)

A lawyer representing California wildfire victims in PG&E’s bankruptcy case says the utility’s plan to cap payments is unacceptable. (Reuters)
The Navajo Nation’s utility wants to expand a project that has already connected more than 230 homes to the electric grid on its reservation spanning three states to the electric grid. (Associated Press)

COAL: The New Mexico county that is home to the San Juan coal plant is also close to exceeding state limits for ozone pollution. (Farmington Daily Times)

PUBLIC LANDS: A new analysis says nearly 30 million acres of federal land in Alaska are at risk of being developed or transferred, including the Trump administration’s push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. (Huffington Post)

CLEAN ENERGY: A New Mexico county postpones debate on a property assessed clean energy ordinance amid conflict-of-interest concerns about campaign donations to a commissioner. (Las Cruces Sun News)

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ACTIVISM: A Juneau, Alaska, environmental nonprofit organized and ledt a protest against the state’s investment in fossil fuels during the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds annual meeting in Juneau. (Juneau Empire)  

A columnist says San Francisco’s $2.5 billion proposal for PG&E’s power lines and transformers doesn’t do much for the bankrupt utility, and California’s other residents have a lot to lose in the shared struggle to manage wildfires. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
A Wyoming public policy center says reports of coal’s death are “greatly exaggerated” and strategic approaches to economic diversification start with building from existing strengths. (Jackson Hole News & Guide)

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