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Trump escalates fight with California on emissions

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration is pushing ahead with a proposal to revoke part of California’s authority to set its own automobile emissions standards, say three people close to the situation. (New York Times)

CLEAN ENERGY:
California’s regulatory agencies, tasked to meet the goals of a state requirement to reach 100% renewable energy by 2045, held their first joint meeting to start work on an integrated plan. (Sacramento Business Journal)
A new report says Colorado’s clean energy industry is set to expand 9% this year, outpacing the national average. (Denver Post)

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EFFICIENCY: California’s attorney general is critical of the Trump administration’s plan to repeal an Obama-era rule that sets energy saving standards for certain light bulbs. (USA Herald)

ELECTRIFICATION:
Seattle is the latest municipality to consider banning natural gas for newly constructed homes and buildings, favoring electricity for heating and cooking; a city council member plans to introduce legislation this week. (The Seattle Times)
A commercial coffee roaster in Berkeley, California, built a fully electric micro-roaster, replacing conventional gas-burning machines. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
PG&E is objecting to a judge’s decision which would allow a California jury to consider whether the utility is liable for damages caused by a 2017 wildfire that killed 22 people. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Portland-based utility PacifiCorp finds that shutting down six coal units in Wyoming will save it nearly $600 million over the next twenty years. (Portland Business Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
Drilling has declined in western Colorado because of low prices, with some producers also pointing to “uncertainty” from a state regulatory overhaul. (Grand Junction Sentinel)
Colorado oil and gas regulators held a public meeting on proposals under consideration to update rules on flow lines connected to wells, with staff noting that it’s not clear whether the state or federal government has jurisdiction. (Denver Post)

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PUBLIC LANDS: A new report explores how Western mountain communities have been harmed by the Trump administration’s assertion of “energy dominance” on public lands. (Indian Country Today)

COMMENTARY:
A columnist says electric utility efficiency will be critical to the smart cities of the future. (Inside Sources)
Renewable energy advocates say no place is being hit harder by the decline of the U.S. coal-fired electricity generation industry than northern Arizona, and extending solar tax credit would be a lifeline for American coalfield communities. (The Hill)

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