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Nevada regulators approve utility’s $15 million electric vehicle plan

UTILITIES: Nevada regulators approve the state’s largest utility’s $295 million clean energy plan, which includes $15 million to build out electric vehicle infrastructure. (Nevada Appeal)

RENEWABLES: Nevada regulators decide to allow shuttered mines to be used for renewable energy production and storage sites. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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POLITICS: Opponents of an Arizona clean energy initiative are accusing supporters of hiring a former Soviet spy to gather petitions. (Arizona Capitol Times, subscription)

OIL AND GAS:
• Los Angeles has a “lax and reactive” approach to checking on oil and gas sites, according to a new report from the city controller who is urging increased oversight. (Los Angeles Times)
• A plan to drill a large natural gas field western Wyoming does not include any safeguards for migrating antelope, worrying some local conservationists. (Jackson Hole News and Guide)

COAL:
• Closing a New Mexico coal mine next year would result in 900 lost jobs and a $356 million economic loss to the region, according to recently released federal environmental analysis. (Farmington Daily Times)
• The former city manager of a Colorado city who used to say emissions from a local coal-fired power plant were “just steam” is now among those calling for the facility to close as soon as possible. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

CLIMATE:
• A tiny California beach town sues some of the world’s top fossil fuel companies for their role in causing climate change as it confronts the harsh reality of sea level rise. (KQED Science and InsideClimate News)
• Ontario’s recent departure from a bi-national cap and trade program leaves California in a lurch. (CAL Matters)

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GRID: Hawaii is considering legislation to further expand microgrid development. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• The recent news that Utah will receive $140 million in funding to expand a geothermal research laboratory is more proof that Gov. Gary Herbert’s “all the above” approach to energy development is fueling wise development and innovation, says the governor’s energy advisor. (Deseret News)
• Some members of the Montana land board are trying to “sand bag” easements to allow for greater protections for the oil and gas industry, say former staffers. (Montana Standard)

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