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Momentum building in California for electric bus transition

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California regulators are considering a rule requiring local transit agencies to transition to electric bus fleets over the next 20 years. (Mercury News)

TRANSPORTATION: California air quality officials rule that fuel makers must cut their product’s carbon intensity by 20 percent by 2030, a move meant to encourage the adoption of cleaner alternative fuels. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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BIOMASS: A central Idaho company that manufactures wood pellets finds a new niche in a former sawmill town. (Lewiston Tribune)

STORAGE: California’s governor signs a bill into law extending the life of a storage subsidy program by five years, a move industry officials expect will create another $800 million. (PV Magazine)

SOLAR:
• Students at an Oregon university pay for solar panels to be installed at the campus library.  (News 10)
• A Washington city is considering entering into a partnership with a nonprofit pushing a proposal that would make it easier to invest in solar energy. (Yakima Herald)

OIL AND GAS:
• Two major oil companies proclaim support for government rules that put a price on greenhouse gas emissions, but one of them is actively campaigning against a Washington proposal to impose a carbon fee. (Seattle Times)
• Who’s really behind the groups supporting and opposing a Colorado proposal to increase drilling setbacks? (Westword)
• An oil and gas company plans to horizontally drill under a northern Colorado city for the first time, sparking some concerns among residents. (Loveland Reporter Herald)

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COAL: As worldwide demand for coal plummets, Wyoming leaders say their highest priority is finding new uses for the fossil fuel. (Gillette News Record)

COMMENTARY:
• The editorial board of the Las Vegas Review-Journal throws its support behind a Nevada energy choice initiative.
• Dave Roberts of Vox examines the key differences between Washington’s current plan to impose a carbon fee and its previous unsuccessful effort to pass a carbon tax.
• An Oregon state senator says clean energy legislation is the key to unleashing business innovation in the state. (Register-Guard)

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