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Portland to switch to electric buses under $500 million plan

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Portland-area transit agency reveals a $500 million plan to phase out diesel buses and switch to an electric fleet by 2042. (The Oregonian)

HYDROPOWER:
• Utah officials prepare to dedicate a new $42 million hydroelectric plant, which sits next to one of the oldest power plants in the West. (Deseret News)
• An Oregon congresswoman steers $105 million into a federal spending bill for Oregon researchers looking into how to convert power from ocean waves into electricity. (The Oregonian)

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SOLAR:
• An Arizona solar installation company is transformed into a worker-owned cooperative in a move to empower its employees. (Green Biz)
• Local officials in southern Colorado throw their support behind a proposed 30 MW solar project. (Telluride Daily Planet)
• Construction is nearing completion on Washington state’s largest solar farm. (KXLY)

OIL AND GAS:
• As drought grips much of the Southwest and drilling surges in the Permian Basin, worries increase about the future availability of water in New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current Argus)
• Opposition to a liquefied natural gas facility in Oregon is starting to organize in Colorado where gas will be produced for the $10 billion project. (Grand Junction Daily-Sentinel)
• The Trump administration accuses federal employees in Alaska of slowing down plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. (KTOO)

TRANSPORTATION: California’s governor signs a bill into law requiring  the regulation of tailpipe emissions from ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. (E&E News)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. House of Representatives passes a Senate-approved bill that seeks to create government partnerships to develop advanced nuclear power. (Utility Dive)

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CARBON: Drawn to Wyoming by a carbon capture competition, a group of Scottish researchers decided to stay and launch their own company. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• Michael Bloomberg says the first step in pioneering modern highways is the easiest: get people driving electric cars. (Las Vegas Sun)
• Montana’s outdoor recreation industry is too important to consider spoiling a scenic river basin by allowing drilling there, says a field representative for a state conservation group. (Helena Independent Record)
• The BLM should defer leasing parcels of land in Wyoming that are part of a critical mule deer migration corridor, says the editorial board of the Casper Star-Tribune.
• Alaska can’t keep hitching its future to the inevitable end of the Oil Age, says a local writer. (The Nation)

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