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Trump’s California fight could ripple to other states

TRANSPORTATION: President Trump aggressively defends his plan to revoke California’s authority to set tougher auto emissions standards despite opposition from state officials. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Auto industry experts say the Trump administration’s revocation of California’s authority to set tougher auto mileage standards will likely extend to nine other states that adopted its rules and could adversely impact the market for electric vehicles. (InsideClimate News)
• Some analysts say automakers may not drastically alter their strategies if the Trump administration cancels California’s right to set it own auto emissions standards. (USA Today)

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ELECTRIFICATION: A Seattle city councilmember is delaying a vote on his proposal to ban gas-piping systems in newly constructed homes and buildings until December or later in response to objections raised by labor unions and businesses. (Seattle Times)

UTILITIES:
• An investigative report takes a closer look at the tension between New Mexico regulators and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration over implementation of the state’s new clean energy law. (Searchlight New Mexico)
• Calistoga, California, reached a temporary backup generator solution with PG&E in a bid to improve reliability during the utility’s Power Safety Shutoff Program. (Napa Valley Register)
• California wildfire victims’ attorneys are set to argue that PG&E caused the deadly and destructive Tubbs Fire, contrary to the findings detailed in Cal Fire’s investigation report. (KXTV)
• A California company is helping utilities better coordinate with community groups to improve energy efficiency in low-income neighborhoods. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
A new report commissioned by Sierra Club reveals Arizona consumers could save $3.5 billion if the state’s coal-fired power plants were retired and replaced with solar+storage resources. (Utility Dive)
Contura Energy announced a tentative deal to transfer ownership of its two idle Wyoming coal mines purchased from bankrupt mining company Blackjewel. (Gillette News Record)
Wyoming governor Mark Gordon spoke with Mexico’s Consul General about the potential to do a deal to use the country’s ports to export coal internationally. (Casper Star-Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
• An oil industry analyst says oil production in Colorado could increase if oil prices remain high in the wake of the drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. (Denver Post)
• A proposal announced by New Mexico’s governor to offer free college tuition would rely heavily on oil and gas revenues. (Albuquerque Journal)
• ExxonMobil announced an open season scheduled to run from September 13 to October 14 for crude oil shippers wanting to move product from the Permian Basin for export. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• Colorado pipelines are central to a new $5 billion deal that could increase export opportunities for Denver-Julesburg Basin fuels. (Denver Business Journal)
• At a legislative hearing, industry groups push back on plans to increase oil and gas fees in Utah. (Deseret News)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A California lawmaker proposes a bill that would offer residents who buy or lease an electric car up to $7,000 from the state if they buy from a company that has agreed to follow state emission standards. (Associated Press)
• North Las Vegas backed out of its plan to sue electric car manufacturer Faraday Future over the company’s 2017 decision to back out of a deal to build a $1.3 billion plant in the city. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• An Arizona-based solar analyst expresses disappointment at how complicated the process is to buy rooftop solar for her own home. (Greentech Media)
• The Natural Resources Defense Council highlights progress by Western states in reducing carbon emissions.

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