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Opposition builds against utility-backed ‘sustainable energy’ bill in Utah

CLIMATE: The Obama administration is set to propose a $1.65 billion, 10-year fund for climate infrastructure as part of its budget proposal for next fiscal year. (ClimateWire)

UTILITIES: A coalition of business, environmental and consumer groups oppose a utility-backed sustainable energy bill in Utah, saying it would limit public oversight and increase costs for ratepayers. (Deseret News)

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SOLAR:
• Solar advocates want more urgency from Massachusetts lawmakers on lifting the state’s net metering cap. (North Andover Eagle Tribune)
• A New England college plans to get 100 percent of its electricity from solar panels. (Christian Science Monitor)
• A California utility is launching a community solar program. (Greentech Media)
• A Florida home builder says it’s including rooftop solar systems on all new homes this year. (News 13)

GRID:
• A solar industry report says an updated grid could save Californians $1.4 billion a year. (Los Angeles Times)
• Some small cities are turning to microgrids as a defense against power outages. (Associated Press)
• A pilot program will offer time-of-use pricing to customers of a Pennsylvania utility. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

OIL AND GAS:
• Industry officials and Republican legislators say President Obama’s proposed tax on oil to pay for clean transportation infrastructure will unfairly hit consumers. (EnergyWire)
Some economists say levying the tax on oil would require polluters to pay more of the total cost of greenhouse gas emissions. (Climate Central)
• Decisions by two California communities could make it more difficult for oil trains to operate in the state. (KQED)

COAL:
• The head of Kentucky’s coal trade group says it’s time to move beyond “war on coal” rhetoric. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• A Washington state utility says the cost to close and clean up the two oldest units at a Montana coal plant could approach $200 million. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Coal ash cleanup in the Southeast could cost upwards of $10 billion. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: New York officials launch an investigation after a radioactive leak is found at the Indian Point nuclear plant. (Reuters)

HYDRO: A Massachusetts proposal could boost hydropower in the Northeast. (Associated Press)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: An NAACP leader explains what moved her to fight climate change. (Grist)

COMMENTARY:
• Why storage is a bigger threat to utilities than solar alone. (Vox)
• “The future isn’t what it used to be for the electricity business.” (Greentech Media)

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