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New Mexico utility to be carbon-free by 2040

RENEWABLE ENERGY: New Mexico’s largest utility will produce 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040, five years earlier than what the state’s new clean energy mandate requires. (Albuquerque Journal)

ALSO:
• Nevada’s governor signs a bill into law raising the state’s renewable energy standard to 50 percent by 2030. (Nevada Appeal)
• Salt Lake City leaders and environmental advocates celebrate a new law allowing three Utah cities to work with the state’s largest power provider to achieve net 100% renewable energy by 2030. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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UTILITIES:
• As Colorado’s largest utility pushes for more authority to expand its generation and transmission to meet ambitious new clean energy targets, some critics say it’s time for a new utility model that rewards performance, not assets to be depreciated. (Energy News Network)
• PG&E is asking California regulators for permission to raise rates and profits, saying the hike is needed to attract investment capital and reduce wildfire risks. (Sacramento Bee)
• Arizona’s largest utility has left a national industry group that lobbies against federal air quality regulations and is now under scrutiny by a U.S. House committee. (Phoenix New Times)
• An expert energy consultant says an exit fee a Colorado co-op has been asked to pay by its current power provider is “extraordinarily excessive,” according to testimony submitted to state regulators trying to settle the contract dispute. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Several Western utilities are joining together to create a network of electric vehicle charging stations for trucks along Interstate 5. (Sacramento Business Journal)
• Colorado Springs will get three electric buses as part of Colorado’s settlement from the Volkswagen emissions scandal. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

SOLAR: A California company becomes the fastest growing solar lender in the nation, financing about 21 percent of all solar loans in the U.S. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE: Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion at an Arizona grid-scale battery facility that injured several firefighters. (Greentech Media)

CARBON: California is paying farmers millions of dollars to grow plants to absorb carbon as part of the state’s climate change efforts. (KQED)

HYDROGEN:
• Washington’s governor signs a bill into law allowing public utilities to generate hydrogen for clean energy. (Seattle Times)
• By this summer, Hawaii will be home to two hydrogen-powered vehicles and some believe more could be on the way. (CityLab)

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WIND: A California-based wind turbine engineering firm has moved its headquarters to Portland. (Portland Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: A cap-and-trade program provides “the lowest cost and most scalable solution” to reducing Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions, says the vice president of a Portland investment firm. (Pamplin Media Group)

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