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New California law allows limited expansion of electric choice

POLICY: A new California law is expected to expand the state’s competitive energy market, a move supporters say is a logical step forward for customer choice but is opposed by some environmental groups. (Greentech Media)

• Volvo will begin testing electric trucks in California next year with plans to start commercial sales in 2020. (Forbes)
• The future of self-flying electric airplanes is closer than most people realize, says the managing director of a San Francisco venture firm. (Greentech Media)

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EFFICIENCY: Finding new energy-efficient ways to keep dairy cows cool is good for the cows and the climate, say California researchers. (The Conversation)

OIL & GAS: Environmentalists say a federal agency still doesn’t know the potential impacts of the nation’s first commercial oil-shale development on a nearby river in Utah. (Salt Lake Tribune)

POLITICS: Oil and gas companies have contributed $20 million since August to defeat a Colorado ballot measure that would increase drilling setbacks, according to recently released state filings. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES: Groups representing ratepayers, rural power companies and unions ask Colorado regulators to reconsider their approval of Xcel Energy’s plan to increase clean energy use while shifting away from coal. (Complete Colorado)

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NUCLEAR: Nevada’s governor asks the U.S. Department of Energy to reconsider its plan to allow South Carolina to send plutonium to the state that was supposed to be repurposed into fuel for nuclear reactors. (Nevada Independent)

• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says Americans can demand a clean energy future by voting in November. (CNN)
• Only time will tell whether the recent decision to move forward with the construction of a nuclear plant in Georgia and the likely closure of an Arizona coal plant reflect an age of wisdom or an age of foolishness, says a Duke University researcher. (Forbes)
• California can meet its energy needs with  renewables by 2045 as long as it continues policies to support the rapid expansion of clean energy, says a University of California-Merced professor.  (The Conversation)
• What happened in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria hit could happen in Hawaii if local leaders don’t try to increase grid resiliency, says a partner with a Honolulu investment firm. (Green Biz)
• An editorial says Oregon should consider imposing a carbon fee like the state of Washington is asking voters to approve. (Salem Statesman Journal)

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