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Proposed Washington coal terminal suffers another legal setback

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COAL: A federal judge delivers a potentially fatal blow to a proposed Washington coal terminal by upholding the state’s refusal to grant a key water quality permit. (Longview Daily News)

ALSO: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent clean energy proposals would phase out coal by 2025. (Utility Dive)

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RENEWABLES: Colorado launches a new nonprofit “green bank” aimed at financing clean energy projects. (KRCC)

WIND:
• A South Dakota utility plans to build a $54 million wind farm in Wyoming. (KOTATV)
• The city council in Cheyenne, Wyoming votes to expand the amount of land it leases to the developer of a proposed $335 million wind farm. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

OIL & GAS:
• A leaked memo from federal fish and wildlife officials suggests that drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could endanger its already fragile polar bear population. (Mother Jones)
• Federal land managers in Utah hold their biggest oil and gas lease auction in more than a decade, netting $2.8 million in bids on a record-setting 154,000 acres. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Colorado regulators should consider increasing bond amounts on oil and gas wells to help pay for plugging and cleaning up “orphaned” wells, according to a new state report. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• The proponents of a failed Colorado ballot measure seeking to increase drilling setbacks say they’re not ruling out trying again in 2020 if state lawmakers don’t pass meaningful oil and gas rules. (The Denver Channel)

UTILITIES: Officials with a Washington utility and the Canadian company that attempted to buy it say they will challenge regulators’ decision to block the $5.3 billion deal. (Seattle Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: If electric vehicles become the norm in California, demand for electricity would exceed the current grid’s capacity, according to a new analysis. (The Conversation)

CALIFORNIA FIRES: Protestors demand accountability from California’s largest utility for its role in the deadly Camp Fire. (San Francisco Chronicle)

RENEWABLES: The airport in Jackson Hole, Wyoming makes the largest commitment to clean energy in its community. (Jackson Hole News and Guide)

SOLAR: If builders put solar panels on all new homes built in Washington in 2020, the state could see a 45-fold increase in its solar capacity by 2045, according to a new report from environmentalists. (Capitol Hill Times)

BIOFUELS: The early startup of an Idaho landfill project that converts methane gas has resulted in a 36 percent increase in revenues over the amount expected. (Twin Falls Times-News)

COMMENTARY:
• Arizona’s attorney general says he’s committed to making sure the state has a clean environment despite allegations made against him by the billionaire backer of a recently failed renewable energy initiative. (Arizona Republic)
• The political leadership of Utah is in denial about the fact that most residents of the state value public lands, says a local columnist. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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