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Nevada lawmakers consider new clean energy push

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POLITICS: Some Democratic lawmakers in Nevada say they plan to introduce legislation that would raise the state’s renewable energy requirement above 50 percent by 2030, the threshold recently approved by voters. (Nevada Independent)

ALSO: Supporters of a failed carbon fee proposal in Washington look to a successful Portland clean energy initiative for inspiration about the path ahead. (Crosscut)

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CALIFORNIA:
• California’s largest utility balked on an earlier warning to shut off power to the Paradise community on the day the deadly Camp Fire broke out. (Los Angeles Times)
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blames “environmental radicals” for California’s devastating wildfires, moments after saying that it’s not time to assign blame. (The Hill)

PUBLIC LANDS: Several Utah mayors are supporting environment groups and local tribes in their lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to shrink two national monuments in the state. (Fox 13)

UTILITIES: The Oakland Raiders are considering not purchasing energy from Nevada’s largest utility for their new stadium under construction in Las Vegas. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Albuquerque scraps its deal to buy 18 electric buses due to safety concerns. (Utility Dive)
• A Colorado dealership offers 50 percent off the price of a Nissan Leaf through a combination of state and federal tax credits and a rebate through a local utility. (Clean Technica)

WIND:
• As the wind industry expands in Wyoming, some companies are making efforts to avoid bird deaths caused by turbines. (Casper Star Tribune)
• A 75 MW wind farm comes online in Montana. (Renewables Now)

OIL AND GAS:
• A Wyoming research consortium and a Cheyenne-based company form a partnership to explore agricultural uses of oil and gas wastewater. (Casper Star Tribune)
• The developers of a $43 billion project to export natural gas from Alaska to Asian markets expect construction to begin next year. (Alaska Journal of Commerce)

SOLAR: Missoula, Montana earns a national certification for its efforts to make it easier for residents to use solar energy. (Missoula Current)

COMMENTARY: The growing threat of devastating wildfires in California is one reason why Congress should adopt meaningful climate policy, says a climate scientist and author. (The Hill)

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