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GRID: Nevada regulators adopt a framework for distributed resource plans, giving clean energy advocates hope that the move will lead to greener and more efficient management of the grid. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE POLICY:
Oil and gas companies have contributed $8.6 million to fight a Washington ballot measure seeking to put a fee on carbon pollution, campaign records show. (Associated Press)
Oregon lawmakers hold a heated hearing on a legislative proposal to institute a cap and trade program for carbon emissions. (East Oregonian)

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POLITICS: Tesla changes its position on a Nevada energy choice initiative to neutral, saying the measure poses uncertainty to its energy customers in the state. (Nevada Independent)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Japanese company that supplies batteries to Tesla has offered to help with production problems at its Nevada plant. (Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES:
• Farmers and ranchers in Idaho are turning to clean energy to offset their electricity costs. (Capital Press)
• A Montana bike shop is planning to get all of its energy from renewable sources to power a large warehouse. (ABC Fox Montana)

NUCLEAR: A Virginia-based company has been selected to start engineering work on a small-scale nuclear reactor that will provide power to customers in Utah. (news release)

OIL AND GAS:
• Environmentalists file a lawsuit seeking to rescind the sale of oil and gas leases on 184 square miles of land in Colorado and Utah because they allege the BLM didn’t consider air pollution impacts. (Associated Press)
• Paleontologists are in limbo as environmentalists and the federal government fight in court over a Trump administration plan to shrink two national monuments in Utah where fossil-rich areas are now threatened by drilling. (Science Friday)
• A Southern California natural gas provider expects to have enough fuel for the winter despite diminished supplies. (Reuters)

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UTILITIES: California regulators will host a workshop aimed at helping utilities and emergency responders work together during catastrophes. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

COMMENTARY: An energy analyst debunks some of the myths surrounding a Washington plan to impose a carbon fee. (Union of Concerned Scientists blog)

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