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Oregon project to combine wind, solar, storage

RENEWABLES: A Portland utility is teaming up with a Florida-based utility to develop a unique, large-scale wind, solar and storage project in eastern Oregon. (The Oregonian)

ALSO: A consortium of scientists and engineers are pushing a plan to build 2,000 miles of natural gas, solar and wind power plants along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Scientific American)

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UTILITIES:
• As California seeks to expand the use of renewable natural gas, longstanding incentives for transportation use pose an obstacle. (Energy News Network)
• With its contract with a large coal-fired power plant set to expire in three years, Hawaii’s largest utility is looking for replacement power and is focusing its search on storage. (Utility Dive)
• A Montana lawmaker files a bill seeking to deregulate the state’s electricity market. (KTVH)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Recognizing the growing global demand for lithium, a Houston entrepreneur with deep ties to the oil industry is betting on a parched patch of Nevada desert to yield the next world class deposit. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
• Lawmakers from Alaska’s North Slope slam the governor’s proposed budget which repeals communities’ local property taxes on oil and gas infrastructure, a move that would shift about $420 million to the state. (KTVA)
• Legislation banning fracking passes out of the Washington state Senate. (The Spokesman-Review)
• A Nevada lawmaker files a bill that directs state regulators to come up with rules encouraging utilities to use biogas. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

GRID: California is in the midst of an effort to redesign the future of electricity generation, transition and use to meet surging demand and calls to accelerate the transition to clean energy. (CALmatters)

SOLAR: New Mexico households, businesses and farms that install rooftop solar would receive a $6,000 tax credit under a new legislative proposal. (Associated Press)

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POLITICS: Environmentalists and the oil and gas industry unite to oppose a Montana bill that seeks to prevent the state from enforcing federal greenhouse gas rules. (The Missoulian)

COMMENTARY:
• The decision by Los Angeles to ditch plans to rebuild three gas plants along the coast is a calculated risk, but it’s a risk worth taking to wean the city off fossil fuels and combat climate change, says the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times.
• The owners of an Arizona coal plant on the brink of closure have a moral duty to repair the damage they’ve done, says a contributing editor to High Country News.
• California utilities and the rooftop solar industry should partner together to devise wildfire mitigation plans that include solar plus batteries, says a vice president of a San Francisco-based solar company. (CALmatters)
• President Trump’s nominee to become the next Interior Secretary has the opportunity to rebalance the agency and enhance its credibility, says a former Colorado U.S. Senator. (Colorado Independent)

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