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New Mexico to replace San Juan coal power with 100% renewables

COAL: New Mexico regulators approve a plan that replaces coal-fired San Juan Generating Station electric power with 100% renewables and battery storage, but still leaves open the possibility of a controversial carbon-capture project. (New Mexico Political Report) 

ALSO:
• A new report says mine cleanup could create thousands of jobs in Western states. (Casper Star Tribune)
Arch Resources’ CEO says a joint venture with Peabody Energy “is the best path forward” for the company’s Powder River Basin mines. (Gillette News Record)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Arizona regulators reveal a new proposal mandating that utilities eventually get all their power from carbon-free sources by 2050. (Arizona Republic)

ELECTRIFICATION: A new analysis on the growth of electrification in California finds that the next game-changer for the state is likely to be new regulations next year that will push the market toward all-electric new construction. (Greentech Media)

NATURAL GAS: A new report indicates flaring could increase in the Permian Basin in coming years if new pipeline projects are delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham writes to President Trump, asking for his support in opposing a proposed nuclear waste facility in the state. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

OIL & GAS: Wyoming officials say there has been no response from Occidental Petroleum on the state’s bid on a large package of land and minerals in Wyoming and Colorado owned by the company. (WyoFile)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management is calling for comments on the planned leasing of public lands in Nevada for geothermal development. (news release)

SOLAR: A French renewable energy developer announces a partnership with NV Energy to construct a 200 MW solar plant with a 180 MW/720 MW hour battery for the utility. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE: PG&E & Tesla announce construction has begun on a “landmark” 182.5 MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system at one of the utility’s Northern California electric substations. (news release)

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TRANSPORTATION: Los Angeles advances its electric vehicle efforts including rolling out electric buses and discounting electric car-sharing for low-income residents. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
The CEO of a California community choice aggregator discusses how it addresses challenges including power shutoffs, wildfire risks, and energy equity. (Utility Dive)
A Colorado political analyst says Gov. Jared Polis needs to ensure the state is actively working to substantially reduce air pollution. (Colorado Politics)
A representative of a proposed wind project in Wyoming attempts to set the record straight on wind energy in response to criticism. (Laramie Boomerang)

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