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Trump ‘enraged’ over California emissions deal

EMISSIONS: President Trump is reportedly “enraged” by California’s deal with automakers to preserve emissions standards, and is working to prevent other states from following suit. (New York Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• California regulators have approved a utility’s plan to install thousands of charging stations for electric buses and similar vehicles, as well as a pilot project to use some of the vehicles to help manage the grid. (PV Magazine)
• Tesla’s Model 3 was the third most popular new car in California for the first half of 2019, just behind the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry. (Inside EVs)
• The University of California-Berkeley only has two charging stations, located in a structure that’s slated to be torn down. (San Jose Mercury News)

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COAL: A federal bankruptcy judge approves the sale of Cloud Peak’s Wyoming and Montana coal mines to a Navajo company. (Gillette News Record)

UTILITIES: PG&E’s stock price falls after a judge allows a trial to determine whether the utility is responsible for a devastating 2017 wildfire. (San Francisco Chronicle)

OIL AND GAS:
• Analysts say Colorado’s new regulatory policies are not expected to slow down production for the next several years. (Denver Post)
• Advocates say Colorado should follow North Dakota’s lead and establish a legacy fund with oil and gas revenue. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• Advocates in Alaska are pushing for a ballot measure that would increase taxes on the oil industry. (Anchorage Daily News)
• Wyoming’s congressional delegation pushes federal officials to “work fervently” to avoid delays in permitting on public land. (Oil City News)
• Advocacy groups say wastewater discharges into a Wyoming river violate state and federal law. (WyoFile)
• A “technology-driven flare mitigation provider” has deployed five portable data centers at Western oil fields to utilize waste natural gas that would otherwise be flared. (North American Shale)

SOLAR:
• As solar installers in Hawaii rush to beat the expiration of federal tax credits, a lawmaker proposes eliminating state credits as well. (KITV)
• Tesla’s solar rental program includes a $1,500 fee if customers request early removal of equipment. (Bloomberg)
• Advocates have filed a lawsuit that claims a New Mexico utility’s solar fee violates federal law. (news release)

GEOTHERMAL: An expansion at a Nevada geothermal plant will triple the facility’s capacity from 10 MW to 30 MW. (ThisisReno)

EFFICIENCY: An Air Force base in Utah is recognized by the Department of Energy for its efficiency and clean energy programs. (Renewable Energy Magazine)

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POLICY: A Denver city official says proponents are overestimating revenues from a proposed energy tax. (Colorado Politics)

POLITICS: Utah Sen. Mitt Romney acknowledges climate change is caused by humans, but dismisses the Green New Deal as “silliness” and suggests a carbon tax instead. (Associated Press)

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