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Report: Hawaii on track to meet carbon goals

CLIMATE: Hawaii is on track to lower its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels as part of its effort to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, according to a new state report. (Hawaii News Now)

ALSO: A Nevada lawmaker files a bill that would spur state regulators to issue more frequent reports on greenhouse gas emissions and find new ways to reduce pollution. (The Nevada Independent)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and an influential Democratic lawmaker are launching an initiative to see how the state can speed the adoption of cleaner transportation. (Los Angeles Times)
• The Trump administration is pressuring automakers to back their effort to stop California from setting its own vehicle emission standards. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• The chief executive of a California startup that makes modular home solar storage systems talks about what she’s learned during her 40-year career in the solar and electronics industries. (Greentech Media)
• A California-based solar panel manufacturer announces the launch of the industry’s first 400-plus watt panel. (Clean Technica)

UTILITIES: Oregon regulators approve a request from a Portland utility to directly procure renewable energy for its non-residential customers. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS: The new head of Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources says he supports legislation seeking to overhaul oil and gas regulation and that he’s “shocked” local communities don’t have the authority to shape land use decisions as it relates to drilling. (The Colorado Independent)

NUCLEAR:
• Nevada has asked a judge to block the federal government from shipping plutonium to the state. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Nevada Congressional Democrats file a bill prohibiting the Energy Secretary from sending nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain and requiring federal lawmakers to explore alternative uses for the site. (Las Vegas Sun)

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COAL:
• Several candidates running for city council in Colorado Springs, Colorado say the city utility should invest more in clean energy while expediting the closure of a downtown coal-fired power plant. (Colorado Springs Gazette)
• The University of Kentucky is considering housing a pilot research project at a Wyoming carbon capture testing facility. (Casper Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• Now is the ideal time for U.S. utilities to implement “clean peak standards” as California and Arizona have proposed, says an energy consultant. (Utility Dive)
• New Mexico’s land commissioner urges support of a bill restoring oil and gas regulators’ authority to issue fines. (Albuquerque Journal)

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