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Pasadena and Tesla to build massive electric vehicle charging station

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Pasadena agrees to join Tesla in building the largest electric vehicle charging station in the western U.S., with space for 44 vehicles. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

ALSO: The boom of e-commerce and the ensuing surge of truck traffic pollution in southern California has spurred calls for the electrification of trucks servicing giant distribution centers. (Energy News Network)

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UTILITIES:
• Fire investigators determine that power lines owned by Southern California Edison sparked a 2017 wildfire that killed two people and burned more than 1,000 structures. (Ventura County Star)
• The CEO of Southern California Edison talks climate change, wildfires and how the utility plans to compete with government-run energy programs. (Los Angeles Times)
• A Western farmers’ union is calling on a Colorado power provider to reduce costs and make bigger investments in clean energy. (Clean Cooperative)

STORAGE: A proposed $800 million hydropower storage project in southern Oregon has some local community members worried about its potential impact on property values and tribal resources. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

COAL:
• Utah lawmakers pass a bill allowing the state’s port authority to expand to rural areas, which environmental groups say will facilitate more coal exports. (Deseret News)
• Republican lawmakers in Montana have filed new legislation preventing a South Dakota utility from charging its customers more than $40 million for the operating costs of a troubled coal-fired power plant it hopes to buy for $1. (Billings Gazette)
• Wyoming’s governor wants more time to review a handful of recently passed bills, including one empowering the state to sue Washington over its rejection of a coal export terminal. (Casper Star Tribune)

SOLAR: An Arizona utility considers paying rooftop solar customers more for the excess power they produce, but critics say other states are more generous. (Arizona Republic)

OIL & GAS:
• In a vote along party lines, the Colorado Senate gave final approval to legislation seeking to overhaul oil and gas regulation in the state. (Denver Post)
• Los Angeles city officials announce three wells at a controversial drilling site can no longer be used now that an agreement between the city and the site’s operator has expired. (Los Angeles Times)

TRANSPORTATION: The Washington House approves a clean fuels mandate, a key part of the state’s plan to fight climate change. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES:
• New Mexico becomes the third state to pass a 100 percent clean energy mandate, which represents a seismic shift away from its fossil fuel-heavy past. (Utility Dive)
• Hawaii is at the forefront of a national energy movement as it looks to make electricity more affordable and cleaner. (Forbes)

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PUBLIC LANDS: A BLM mapping specialist testified he was directed to exclude coal deposits from the revised boundary of a Utah national monument, according to report disclosed during a Congressional hearing. (E&E, subscription)

COMMENTARY: High speed rail has to be part of California’s response to climate change, says the president of a state construction workers’ union. (CALmatters)

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