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Nevada voters will get to decide on doubling renewable standard

RENEWABLES: Nevada voters will get to decide in November if they want to double the state’s renewable electricity standard to 50 percent by 2030. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

ALSO: Pueblo, Colorado grapples with the challenges of going green after adopting a 100 percent clean energy goal by 2035. (Time)

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COAL: There could be eight times more coal mining near Bryce Canyon National Park under a revised Trump administration plan. (Salt Lake Tribune)

GEOTHERMAL:
• A New Mexico national forest won’t allow geothermal development following years of study and public testimony. (Durango Herald)
• Hawaii has had plenty of power despite the unexpected shutdown of a geothermal plant damaged by lava two months ago. (Honolulu Civil Beat)
• The University of Utah will receive up to $140 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for a lab studying geothermal energy. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Anti-nuclear activists say a truck that caught fire while hauling radioactive dirt shows the danger of transporting nuclear waste on roads. (Deseret News)

BUILDINGS: A Sacramento utility outlines policy recommendations to make zero-emission, all-electric buildings mainstream in California. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
• Several wind energy projects in Montana aim to export power to large, urban markets outside the state. (KPAX)
• A Montana college removes a wind turbine from its campus that stopped working and was deemed too expensive to maintain. (Great Falls Tribune)

SOLAR:
• An Alaska electric cooperative breaks ground on a 500 kw solar demonstration project in Fairbanks. (Alaska Public Media)
• A developer energizes the third phase of an 800 MW-DC solar farm in Calexico, California. (pv magazine)

PIPELINES: A Denver woman accused of shooting at officers during the Dakota Access pipeline protests is sentenced to four years in prison. (Associated Press)

HYDROGEN: Hawaii’s first first publicly accessible hydrogen station is now available to drivers of hydrogen-powered cars. (Pacific Business News)

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POLITICS:
• Candidates for governor in Wyoming criticize each other for their positions on renewable energy. (Associated Press)
• Facing a liberal primary challenger, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) changes her position to support a fracking ban in California. (E&E News)
• None of Alaska’s candidates for governor opposes drilling in the Arctic, even as examples of climate change proliferate in the state. (Scientific American)

COMMENTARY: Alaska should consider a power line instead of a pipeline for transporting its vast stores of gas energy, a conservationist writes. (Anchorage Daily News)

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