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New report gives California a roadmap to electrification

EFFICIENCY: A coalition that includes some of California’s major utilities releases a report showing how the state can wean itself off natural gas to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals. (San Francisco Chronicle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An electric car startup is preparing to break ground on a $700 million factory in Arizona. (Arizona Republic)

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• A Nevada lawmakers files a bill seeking to allow people who live in apartments and other multi-family buildings to tap into the state’s net metering program. (The Nevada Independent)
• A Hawaii utility is asking state regulators for permission to charge its customers for $155,000 worth of unused solar power. (Maui News)
• A bill promoting the development of community solar projects advances to the New Mexico Senate. (Albuquerque Journal)

• One of Wyoming’s major coal producers cuts 15 salaried positions including most of its government affairs team. (Casper Star Tribune)
• A Washington utility is making plans to be financially ready for when the Montana coal-fired power plant it partially owns closes in 2027. (Billings Gazette)

CLIMATE: California provides a template for how many of the policy proposals in the Green New Deal might be implemented. (Los Angeles Magazine)

• California will soon join Colorado and Arizona in adopting “time of use” energy pricing. (Stateline/Pew Charitable Trusts)
• New Mexico regulators are re-examining the decision by the state’s largest utility to enter into an energy trading market, a move that could ultimately cost ratepayers $10 million in savings. (Albuquerque Journal)

UTILITIES: A broad coalition of energy choice groups say California’s largest utility should transition into a “wires only” company as it goes through bankruptcy restructuring. (Greentech Media)

• A New Mexico college could receive $500,000 to aid its efforts to train students in renewable energy careers under a bill being considered by legislators. (Farmington Daily Times)
• A Congresswoman from New Mexico calls on state lawmakers to embrace renewable energy as a way to diversify the economy and move the state away from the boom or bust cycles of oil and gas production. (Albuquerque Journal)

OIL & GAS: A Colorado oil and gas company is finalizing plans to drill multiple wells near a city park in a community where gas line explosion killed two people in 2017. (Longmont Times Call)

COMMENTARY: Arizona has much to work through to be ready for the coming electric vehicle transition, says an Arizona Republic opinion writer.

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