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Lyft pledges 100 percent electric vehicles by 2030

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California-based rideshare company Lyft promises to shift to 100% electric vehicles by 2030. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
A new study finds that California regulators underestimated the benefits of their proposed zero-emissions electric truck requirements. (Axios)
• Proponents of an electric vehicle corridor on I-5 say charging stations will be needed every 50 miles. (Power Engineering)

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SOLAR: The Navajo Transitional Energy Company is planning to install 200 MW of solar power on reclaimed land at its New Mexico coal mine. (Navajo Times)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Some Colorado Springs residents want Colorado Springs Utilities to commit to a future energy mix that relies more on renewable electricity than natural gas. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

CALIFORNIA:
Concerns are being raised that the process for revoking PG&E’s license after bankruptcy may be too long and cumbersome to act as an effective deterrent for the utility to take safety more seriously. (Los Angeles Times)
Experts say investing in clean energy is one of four things PG&E needs to do in order to thrive after emerging from bankruptcy. (Greentech Media)

COAL:
• Navajo Nation advocates say aquifer depletion from coal mining has made it harder for residents to get water, exacerbating the spread of COVID-19. (Bloomberg)
• Wyoming organizations and residents are strongly opposed to a proposed federal rule change aimed at strengthening coordination with state regulators when responding to citizen complaints of potential mining violations. (Casper Star-Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
A Colorado oil producer is set to pay $688,500 to settle a Department of Justice claim that it drilled on federal land illegally for almost six years. (Denver Post)
House Democrats say the BLM may be unlawfully allowing oil and gas companies to seek royalty cuts because of the coronavirus crisis. (E&E News, subscription)
Alaska’s congressional delegation wants federal regulators to investigate whether several banks have unlawfully discriminated against Alaska Natives by refusing to fund Arctic oil and gas projects. (Anchorage Daily News)

GRID: California’s grid operator says statewide load reductions since the first full week of the statewide stay-at-home order have not impacted reliability. (Utility Dive)

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UTILITIES: An attorney for the La Plata Electric Association says the cooperative’s contract buyout costs would only be $40 million if accepted by state regulators. (Durango Herald)

COMMENTARY:
The CEO of a nonpartisan California climate policy think tank says decarbonizing the electric grid, and electrifying everything is key to the state’s post-pandemic economy. (Forbes)
The U.S. Undersecretary of Energy explains how Colorado small businesses will be at the forefront of economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and charting a path for the nation’s energy future. (Greeley Tribune)
A Colorado advocate explains how methane from oil and gas drilling is a major contributor to the state’s non-compliance with federal standards. (Colorado Politics)
Two New Mexico advocates say over-reliance on oil and gas has led to ineffective tax breaks which drain the state of funds needed to invest in clean energy. (KRWG)

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