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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)

FOSSIL FUELS:
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)

RENEWABLES:
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)

SOLAR:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
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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