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Oregon Republicans leave state to avoid climate vote

POLITICS: Oregon’s governor dispatches state police to round up Republican senators who left the state to avoid voting on landmark cap-and-trade legislation. (The Oregonian)

UTILITIES:
• Arizona regulators approve an emergency rule preventing utilities from shutting off power until mid-October. (Arizona Republic)
• California’s governor is urging lawmakers to create a wildfire fund financed by bonds to help utilities pay for damages caused by their equipment. (Bloomberg)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Colorado’s transportation chief says the state might be compelled to sue the Trump administration over its decision to freeze fuel economy standards. (Denver Post)
• California’s top air quality regulator tells lawmakers that her state is not to blame for talks breaking down with the Trump administration over its plan to take away the state’s power to set its own vehicle emission standards. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR: The cost of power produced by a small modular nuclear reactor being backed by a consortium of Utah utilities would be more expensive than wind or solar energy, according to a new study commissioned by an environmental group. (Deseret News)

COAL: A Montana board that gives grants to communities dependant on coal prepares for the early retirement of two units at one of the biggest plants in the West. (KTVQ)

OIL & GAS:
• A Wyoming oil refinery has agreed to pay $1.6 million as part of a legal settlement over air quality violations. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Attorneys for a Texas-based oil and gas company assert it did not shortchange Idaho landowners on royalty payments as alleged in a federal lawsuit. (Associated Press)
• A Denver oil and gas company countersues Boulder County over royalty payments. (Colorado Public Radio)
• A U.S. House committee forwards bi-partisan bills prohibiting offshore drilling along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and part of the Gulf of Mexico. (The Hill)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Colorado company is seeking federal approval of its electric airplanes. (Denver Post)
• A Colorado mountain town installs a new electric vehicle charging station as part of its goal to use 100% clean energy. (Summit Daily News)

SOLAR:
• A new Oregon rule restricting the development of solar projects on high-value farmland won’t have much impact in the eastern part of the state, local planning officials say. (East Oregonian)
• An Idaho company that is promoting solar roadways plans to expand production with an Ohio manufacturing facility. (Spokane Journal of Business)

PIPELINES: A Southern California gas provider has pushed back the estimated return of a natural gas pipeline after finding some “non-hazardous” leaks in the desert. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: President Trump’s efforts to replace the Obama-era Clean Energy Plan with his own plan is “the worst of all worlds,” says the editorial board of The Seattle Times.

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