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Oregon utility fights to keep coal plant information secret

COAL: An Oregon utility asks a judge in Washington state to permanently bar the public release of economic information about its coal-fired power plants over the objections of environmentalists. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A new report from a Colorado clean energy think tank finds that a significant amount of existing coal capacity would have to come offline to meet the goals of the Paris climate accords in a cost-effective manner. (Greentech Media)

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SOLAR:
• New Mexico regulators agree to fast track approval of a utility’s plan to build two solar plants for a Facebook data center. (Albuquerque Journal)  
• Washington state is drafting rules prohibiting manufacturers from selling solar modules unless they provide a recycling option. (Forbes)
• The developers of a solar plant in northwestern Arizona are granted a two-year extension on the project by local officials. (Havasu News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Nevada’s Senate race could end up benefiting Tesla and other electric vehicle makers as both candidates pledge to offer incentives. (Bloomberg)
A solar-powered electric vehicle charging station opens at a Starbucks in Washington state. (Tri-City Herald)

POLITICS:
Washington’s governor becomes a celebrated critic of President Trump as he challenges his administration’s plans for fossil fuels, public lands and other hot button issues. (The Hill)
Nevada’s teacher union announces its opposition to an energy choice initiative, citing the possibility of increased electricity costs. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

OIL AND GAS: The BLM acknowledges that a recently approved oil and gas project inside Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve might impact hunting and fishing for a local village. (Alaska Journal)

EFFICIENCY: A California builder will construct 58 net-zero homes north of Fresno, believed to be the largest grid-connected single-family community of such homes in the state. (Builder Magazine)

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BIOFUELS: Oregon port officials begin reviewing plans to build a $1.1 billion biofuels production facility in the northwestern part of the state. (Pamplin Media Group)

COMMENTARY:
• An energy choice ballot measure is only risky and costly for Nevada’s electricity monopoly, not ratepayers, says a former state senator. (Reno Gazette Journal)
• Moving the BLM’s operations to Utah isn’t a terrible idea, but it’s not going to cause a seismic shift in the way public lands are managed, says a columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune.

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