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Nevada set to adopt California tailpipe standards

TRANSPORTATION: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announces that the state plans to adopt California’s car pollution rules. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL:
• The coronavirus pandemic is cutting short the time that coal communities thought they had to adapt to the industry’s decline. (Energy News Network)
• A Montana utility pushes back on calls to provide transition funding for a community affected by a coal plant shutdown. (Ravalli Republic)

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OIL & GAS:
A bill in the U.S. House would create a federal fund to clean up abandoned oil and gas wells, while closing loopholes in the current system. (Energy News Network)
A New Mexico official says it’s hard to hold oil producers accountable for illegal dumping without proof. (New Mexico Political Report)
An Alaska borough wants FERC to redo the final environmental impact statement for the proposed Alaska LNG Project and reconsider its decision. (Alaska Journal of Commerce)
Colorado conservation groups sue the state’s air pollution agency for issuing a permit allowing an oil and gas well to emit more pollution in an area that has violated the national smog standard for more than 15 years. (news release)

PIPELINES: Despite objections from California, Oregon and other states, the Trump administration is moving forward with rules to allow liquified natural gas to be shipped by rail. (Associated Press)

OVERSIGHT: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis names a new commission to oversee major changes to the state’s oil and gas regulations. (Denver Post)

CLEAN ENERGY: Officials in Missoula, Montana reach an agreement with NorthWestern Energy to reach 100% renewable electricity. (Missoula Current)

POLLUTION: California is leading a coalition of states and New York City to defend Obama-era mercury pollution standards for power plants. (Bloomberg Law)

SOLAR:
• A California energy commissioner says new tools and a multi-stakeholder approach should strengthen solar cybersecurity, enabling states to make progress on climate and resilience goals. (Solar Power World)
• A new campaign aims to require solar on new houses in 10 states including Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico. (PV Magazine)

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UTILITIES: The attorney for Arizona Public Service’s parent company tells state regulators that retroactive ratemaking is a violation of the state constitution. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: A hydropower trade group criticizes proposed new federal requirements, saying “it seems as if the dams are being set up to fail.” (Tri-City Herald)

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