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Report: Nevada’s former mines could help it meet clean energy mandate

RENEWABLES: Nevada could use its former mines and industrial sites to build new sites for wind and solar development in order to meet a new clean energy requirement, according to a new report. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

ALSO: As renewables drive up electricity prices in Germany, some energy experts wonder if California will see a similar price trend and suffer the same kind of backlash from ratepayers. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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COAL:
• The city of Oakland, California terminates its lease with a developer who wanted to build a marine terminal to ship coal from Utah. (The Mercury News)
• A report by an international financial management firm suggests that new wind facilities are cheaper to build than operating old coal plants, a grim prospect for many in Wyoming’s coal country. (Casper Star Tribune)

GRID: A Marine Corps air station in San Diego is a good example of how the military is using more clean energy and microgrids, a trend documented in a new report. (Greentech Media)

TRANSPORTATION: California’s fight with the Trump administration over fuel economy standards is just one of the reasons why the state’s top air quality regulator is staying in her job for now. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

UTILITIES: Shares of California’s investor-owned utilities plummet as wildfires roar out across the state. (Reuters)

HYDROPOWER: A federal judge stays a lawsuit by an Idaho utility against the EPA related to water temperature standards below a dam where protected salmon reproduce. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Arizona and Nevada had nearly identical clean energy initiatives but only one faced vehement opposition from the state’s largest utility and it failed. (Grist)

SOLAR: A rooftop solar system is installed at a senior citizens’ center in New Mexico. (Public News Service)

COMMENTARY:
• A Washington ballot measure that sought to put a fee on carbon emissions failed because Americans “aren’t ready to link arms and jump together into a post-fossil fuel era,” says an analyst for an environmental think tank. (The Hill)
• New Mexico residents should tell the EPA not to weaken federal rules for methane pollution, says a member of a local mother’s clean air group. (Albuquerque Journal)
• An Oregon editorial board applauds the state Department of Justice’s decision to order the release of documents that show the movement of money under a clean fuels program. (The Bend Bulletin)

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