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WIND: California has been slow to embrace offshore wind energy, but that might be changing as the state tries to meet its newly adopted clean energy goals. (Los Angeles Times)

NUCLEAR: As climate change warnings grow more dire, more Western activists are promoting nuclear power as the key to saving the planet despite its problem-plagued past. (High Country News)

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RENEWABLES: A Colorado electric co-op’s decision to leave its coal-heavy generation supplier illustrates how the affordability of clean energy is upending the economics of power production in the West. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS:
• Governors in Colorado, Oregon and New Mexico are planning bold moves to combat climate change through a slate of new clean energy policies. (The Hill)
• Despite the outgoing Wyoming governor’s efforts to diversify the state’s economy, it remains firmly tethered to fossil fuels. (Casper Star Tribune)

CARBON: Washington voters’ recent resounding defeat of a carbon tax proposal is one of the reasons why some advocates are backing off the idea. (Politico)

UTILITIES:
• The $5.3 billion sale of a Washington utility to a Canadian company started to unravel long before regulators nixed the deal. (The Spokesman-Review)
• The city council in Pueblo, Colorado will get its first look today at a study that spells out the path toward creating a municipal utility. (Pueblo Chieftain)

OIL & GAS: New Mexico could soon be using treated fracking wastewater for crops and even drinking water. (Washington Post)

COAL: Conservationists plead with Montana regulators not to approve a bankrupt coal company’s plan to expand one of its local mines. (Billings Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• To reduce utility-caused wildfire risks, California needs to shut off the grid when it’s dry and windy and turn to back-up power sources that rely on solar, batteries and microgrids, says the director of Stanford University-based institute. (Los Angeles Times)
• California lawmakers should explore whether investor-owned utilities should become government entities to become more transparent and accountable to ratepayers, says a local columnist. (CALmatters)
• Two city council members in Moab, Utah say that the BLM should defer an oil and gas lease sale until it has time to evaluate public comments and conduct an environmental analysis. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• A clean energy future should be affordable and accessible to all Montana residents, says the chairwoman of local conservation group. (Montana Standard)

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