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Oregon lawmakers seek compromise on climate bill

CLIMATE: Oregon lawmakers propose a sweeping set of amendments to a controversial cap and trade bill in an effort to win approval. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

ALSO:
• Colorado lawmakers are divided over whether legislation seeking a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 should be a mandate or a goal. (Utility Dive)
• Utah youth ask the governor to fight climate change by stopping oil and gas development on nearly 220,000 acres of public land. (Deseret News)

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UTILITIES:
• A Nevada utility plans to roll out new rates for commercial customers and government entities while offering more solar energy in hopes of retaining and attracting customers. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• An Arizona utility approves new incentives for batteries and new rates for solar customers based on their on average demand during peak hours. (Arizona Republic)

SOLAR:
• An Arizona solar company becomes the biggest beneficiary in the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on solar imports. (Bloomberg)
• Researchers will study the marriage of solar energy, agriculture and pollination on a plot of farmland south of Longmont, Colorado. (Longmont Times-Call)

OIL & GAS:
• Oil and gas development in Colorado is pumping money into Canada’s largest pension fund, though few beneficiaries realize their investments hinge upon the success of fossil fuels. (The Story Group)
• A woman from Alaska is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit being threatened against federal environmental regulators for delaying rules on toxic oil spill dispersants. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Demand charges emerge as the focus of debate in Arizona during the development of electric vehicle charging policies. (Utility Dive)
• Washington state lawmakers consider a budget proposal that would build a new hybrid-electric ferry while converting two others by raising fares and creating a new fee. (Tri-City Herald)

COAL:
• As demand for coal continues to decline, Wyoming’s largest coal mines will likely cut production this year, according to recent financial reports. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Montana lawmakers consider legislation that would disclose coal revenues as the funding source for arts and culture initiatives supported by a state grant program. (Montana Free Press)
• Wyoming regulators approve an operating license for the new owner of a local mine even though hefty cleanup responsibilities remain with its previous owner. (Casper Star Tribune)

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NUCLEAR:
• The proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Energy includes a $116 million funding request to restart the licensing process at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A southern California utility has been fined by federal nuclear energy regulators for safety violations. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: A glance at acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s career gives two Colorado county commissioners little hope that the state’s public lands will be protected under his watch. (Denver Post)

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