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Nevada utility pushes back on storage requirement

STORAGE: Nevada’s largest utility tells regulators that it doesn’t need to develop a storage target despite a recent report that suggested the state could cost effectively add more storage. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: The U.S. Supreme Court declines to stop a climate change lawsuit led by Oregon youth. (Associated Press)

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COGENERATION: The world’s largest processor of fresh cut vegetables is powering one of its California plants with a microgrid powered by wind, solar and a gas-fired cogeneration system that takes advantage of waste heat. (GreenBiz)

WIND: Wyoming is on track to double its wind production, according to a new industry report. (Casper Star Tribune)

SOLAR:
• The utility that serves Pueblo, Colorado is planning to build a 2.5 MW solar project that will mostly serve the city’s low-income residents. (Pueblo Chieftain)
• One of the largest solar arrays in Montana is installed at a senior citizens’ center. (ABC FOX Montana)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California will soon receive its first benefit from the Volkswagen emissions scandal settlement — shareable electric cars for 11 Sacramento apartment complexes. (Sacramento Bee)

UTILITIES: One of southern Arizona’s poorest communities could see their electricity rates increase by 121 percent if state regulators approve a recent request from the utility that serves the former mining town. (Arizona Daily Star)

POLITICS:
• As Election Day looms, conflicting reports are swirling about how a Colorado ballot measure to increase drilling setbacks would affect the industry. (Denver Post)
• Meanwhile, Colorado’s governor says he might call a special session if the ballot measure passes. (CBS 4)
• National right-wing publications are producing a steady stream of articles to bash an Arizona clean energy initiative. (Salon)
• Three Portland faith leaders say they were turned away from a local business group’s office where they were trying to urge them to drop their opposition to a clean energy ballot measure. (Portland Mercury)

OIL AND GAS:
• An oil and gas permit is seeking to drill in a Colorado city rocked by a deadly well explosion last year that set off a wave of tough, new regulations for the industry. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• The BLM will pull most of the land that was set for and oil and gas lease sale in December in Colorado due to concerns about the impact of drilling on wildlife. (Denver Post)

COMMENTARY:
• A Washington ballot measure creating a carbon fee could serve as a national template in the fight against climate change, says the editorial board of USA Today.
• David Roberts shows how Big Oil is spending big money to fight the transition to clean energy in several Western states. (Vox)

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