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New Mexico renewable energy, solar tax credit bills signed into law

SOLAR: New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs bills into law aiming to expand renewable energy in the state, including one reinstating the solar tax credit. (New Mexico Political Report)

CLIMATE: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee may no longer be a presidential candidate, but parts of his climate change program are influencing the Democratic Party’s climate report set to be released later this month. (Politico)

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RENEWABLES: A new study says Arizona’s renewable energy standards have boosted job creation, clean air, and water in addition to bringing solar power to the state. (Phoenix Business Journal)

CLEAN ENERGY: Hawaii has confirmed its first Clean Energy Officer, tasked with helping the state achieve its clean energy and decarbonization goals. (Pacific Business Journal, subscription)

COAL:
• Analysis of a Centralia, Washington coal plant closure says it is an example of an unusually well-funded, long-planned transition and political deal to address climate change. (Pew)
• Moffat County, Colorado officials and residents will air their needs and concerns about impending coal mine and power plant closures with state officials at an open meeting today. (Craig Press)

MICROGRIDS: A California bill has been introduced that would fund microgrids to keep power running in critical facilities. (Microgrid Knowledge)

NUCLEAR: A California lawmaker has introduced a contentious bill that would add nuclear power to the state’s list of renewable energy sources. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

OIL & GAS: Republican senators from states with large oil-refining interests, including Wyoming, are warning that the Trump administration’s refinery biofuel waivers could strain refineries, hike gasoline prices, and jeopardize jobs. (Houston Chronicle)

TRANSPORTATION:
California’s Air Resources Board is crafting regulations addressing the outsized climate impact of ride-hailing services including Uber and Lyft. (CalMatters)
Arizona-based electric trucking startup Nikola is merging with a publicly listed acquisition company in a bid to become the first zero-emission big rig company. (Verge)

PUBLIC LANDS: Western activists are fighting back against the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” agenda by filing record numbers of protests on oil and gas leases. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES:
Rocky Mountain Power wants regulators to approve a rate increase for the utility’s residential energy customers, mostly to finance its renewable energy initiatives. (Cowboy State Daily)
• Colorado utilities would have to transition to renewable natural gas under a new bill aiming to cut emissions. (Denver Business Journal, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
An Oregon public policy researcher says state lawmakers have wasted the 2020 short session by failing to address problems with grid reliability. (Pamplin Media)
A California vineyard owner says politicians and shareholders outside the state are overlooking the necessity of PG&E hardening its worn-out power grid. (Napa Valley Register)
A business analyst says Washington and Oregon lawmakers must find better ways to reduce carbon emissions. (The Columbian)
An environmental advocacy group says Pacific Northwest leaders must step up where federal agencies have failed with plans for hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. (news release)
An Alaska environmental advocate says public input is important to maintain the state’s oil spill prevention and response regulations and statutes. (Anchorage Daily News)

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