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Oregon law could complicate cap-and-trade proposal

EMISSIONS: Oregon law could limit how proceeds from a proposed cap-and-trade policy are spent, according to an opinion from the state legislature’s legal counsel. (Willamette Week)

ALSO: Oregon looks to California for lessons learned from its cap-and-trade program, which has been criticised for making it too cheap and easy for companies to keep polluting. (NPR)

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UTILITIES: While some California officials want to relax the state’s strict liability standards for utilities, it likely won’t happen until after the upcoming wildfire season. (Greentech Media)

• A recent explosion at an Arizona battery facility highlights the need to balance safety and the rapid expansion of the industry. (Utility Dive)
• California led the nation during the first quarter for residential and non-residential storage market growth. (Utility Dive)

GRID: As Colorado looks to dramatically increase clean energy, questions arise about how the grid will handle such a load change. (Colorado Public Radio)

COAL: A landowners group and coal mine developer square off in court over the state’s rejected permit for a proposed mine north of Sheridan, Wyoming. (Associated Press)

• Federal land managers warm to a proposal to restrict drilling on public lands near a New Mexico site considered sacred by several Western tribes. (Associated Press)
• Colorado’s governor decides against joining a Western coalition to promote the export of natural gas. (Colorado Politics)
• A South Dakota-based utility asks Wyoming regulators to approve a plan to consolidate four of its natural gas businesses into one legal entity. (Wyoming Business Report)
• Boulder County, Colorado, decides against imposing a drilling moratorium as it works to create new rules for oil and gas development. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: A coalition of environmental groups appeal the federal government’s decision to build an interim nuclear waste storage facility in New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Boise is now home to a fast charging station for electric vehicles. (Idaho State Journal)

PIPELINES: A Southern California gas company discovers a “non-hazardous” pipeline leak in the desert. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: Oregon is poised to become a national climate policy leader by approving legislation putting a cap on carbon emissions, David Roberts writes. (Vox)

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