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More California cities considering natural gas bans

NATURAL GAS: Dozens of California cities, including San Jose and San Francisco, are looking to follow Berkeley’s lead in restricting new natural gas connections. (InsideClimate News, KRON)

UTILITIES: A Colorado co-op has reached a deal to leave its contract with Tri-State Generation, but the amount of the exit fee has not been revealed. (Mountain Town News)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Regulators warn a Colorado county that the state can still override more permissive siting decisions at the local level, despite a new law allowing more local control. (Denver Post)
• Landowners say new proposed drilling rules in Wyoming don’t go far enough to protect their rights. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Crews have completed the longest well in Permian Basin history. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

COAL: Diminishing returns from fossil fuels have contributed to Wyoming’s smallest budget in decades. (Casper Star-Tribune)

SOLAR:
Wildlife protection is an integral part of a 15-megawatt solar project in Nevada. (KUNC)
• Hawaii utility operators are at a loss to explain exactly why fewer solar permits have been issued across the state this year despite a drop in installation costs. (Big Island Now)
• Santa Monica, California, will install solar panels on municipal buildings as part of a plan to make its operations carbon neutral by 2050. (Santa Monica Lookout)

GRID: A cable failure is blamed for an outage in Hawaii that left 33,000 customers without electricity. (Hawaii News Now)

NUCLEAR: Wyoming legislators appoint a subcommittee to study the potential of storing nuclear waste in the state. (WyoFile)

CLEAN ENERGY: The Navajo Nation refers a bill to committee that would rescind its current energy policy in favor of a focus on clean energy. (Farmington Daily Times)

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CLIMATE:
• A Missoula, Montana, city official says there’s more work to be done if the city is to go carbon free in the coming decades. (Missoula Current)
• Local activists push a Colorado city to declare a climate emergency. (Boulder Daily Camera)

COMMENTARY: If Oregon youth prevail in their climate lawsuit, what happens next? (Grist)

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