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Utah lab looks to tap directional drilling for geothermal

GEOTHERMAL: A Utah research laboratory sets out to test a new way to tap geothermal energy using directional drilling. (Deseret News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• San Diego needs up to 10 times more charging stations to support a state goal of 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025, advocates say. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• The Trump administration’s plan to scrap California’s authority to limit greenhouse gas emissions threatens the electric vehicle industry. (McClatchy)
• The Honolulu airport launches a pilot program to test electric buses and those that run on compressed natural gas. (KITV)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Alaska’s governor and state gas line officials are unfazed over China’s threat to slap an import tariff on liquefied natural gas. (Anchorage Daily News)
• Two Colorado counties’ zeal to take on the fossil fuel industry over climate change hasn’t spread to other cities in the state. (Forbes)
• Alaska releases seismic surveys and other online data in an attempt to lure more oil and gas companies to bid in an upcoming lease sale. (Anchorage Daily News)

SOLAR: Utah’s solar industry appears to be stabilizing after a year of ups and downs. (Provo Daily Herald)

COAL:
• A Republican gubernatorial candidate in New Mexico says he will do everything in his power to keep a local coal plant from closing. (Farmington Daily-Times)
• A Navajo firm receives a $45 million settlement in a dispute over coal supplied to a New Mexico plant. (Farmington Daily-Times)

TRANSMISSION: New Mexico regulators reject the location for a proposed $2 billion transmission project. (Almogordo Daily News)

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CARBON: In a podcast, a Hawaiian lawmaker and the CEO of Hawaiian Airlines discuss what a carbon tax might mean for the state. (Green Biz)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says Xcel Energy’s plan to shut down two Colorado coal units and rely more on solar and wind energy doesn’t have to save money to be a worthwhile plan. (Denver Post)
• The credibility of Arizona’s largest utility continues to erode as it tries to dominate state politics, a local columnist says. (Arizona Daily Star)
• Oil companies are the only winners in the Trump administration’s decision to freeze fuel efficiency standards, a columnist writes. (Los Angeles Times)

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