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Trump EPA prepares to revoke California’s authority on emissions

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration is expected to announce that it is revoking California’s authority to set auto mileage standards, which threatens to produce a massive legal battle and prolonged uncertainty and turmoil in the nation’s auto market. (Associated Press, Washington Post)

The University of California system says it will eliminate fossil fuels from its $84 billion pension and endowment funds. (Associated Press)
Colorado activists want state leaders to begin considering economic transition plans for the eventual end of the fossil fuel era. (Westword)

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NATURAL GAS: San Jose, California’s city council votes to ban natural gas in most new residential buildings, making it the largest city to do so. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Californians are buying electric cars in record numbers, but the state’s charging infrastructure is patchy and could limit the switch from gasoline vehicles. (San Francisco Chronicle)

POLLUTION: Nine large electric utilities, including four from the western U.S., challenge the Trump administration’s repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan in a petition to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS: La Plata County, Colorado, residents voice opposition to county officials possibly adopting the state’s 1041 Regulations, which would give the county more control over large projects, including energy. (Durango Herald)

Southwest Colorado’s Tri-State Generation and Transmission plans to join a new real-time energy market launching in 2021 that would support renewable energy development. (Durango Herald)
Longmont, Colorado appears to be ahead of schedule to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 as a power wholesaler ramps up its renewables. (Longmont Times-Call)

• California utility regulators pass the state’s first-ever behind-the-meter battery system subsidy for homes in high wildfire threat districts and a new $120 million initiative that will expand solar access to disadvantaged communities statewide. (Greentech Media, PV Magazine)
• A private school in Durango, Colorado, installs a rooftop solar array to power the school and neighborhood homes. (Durango Herald)

WIND: The 43-turbine, 106 MW Glen Ullin Energy Center in Montana’s Mercer and Morton counties is set to come online next month. (Bismarck Tribune)

GEOTHERMAL: A massive federal government sale of geothermal energy leases in Nevada draws bids on just 26% of the land parcels offered. (Reuters)

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ACTIVISM: University of Northern Colorado students will hold a rally against climate change later this week with demands on the oil and gas industry, and Greeley and Weld County officials. (Greeley Tribune)

An Alaska official hails Hilcorp’s purchase of BP’s North Slope assets as the beginning of a new wave of investment and activity. (Anchorage Daily News)
A board member of a Wyoming conservation organization says elected officials need to accept certain ‘hard truths’ to resolve coal industry problems. (WyoFile)
A columnist says Wyoming’s coal industry cannot be saved by a proposed export marketing scheme. (WyoFile)
A Denver restaurateur worries how new federal fracking plans will affect Colorado’s iconic peach and organic agriculture. (Colorado Independent)

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