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Washington coal export plan resurfaces with new federal review

COAL: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has revived an environmental review of a proposed Washington coal export terminal a year after state regulators nixed a key project permit. (Associated Press)

• Despite earlier threats by state leaders to sever ties, Wyoming is still doing business with a bank that recently stopped investing in fossil fuels, sparking a wave of backlash in coal country. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• As a major Western coal company files for bankruptcy, Wyoming leaders in worry about how it and other faltering fossil fuel companies will continue to pay taxes. (WyoFile)

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• Nevada’s largest electric utility is seeking to add 350 MW of renewable energy to its mix. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Eight Washington state agencies will buy solar and wind power developed in the state over the next several years. (Associated Press)
• T-Mobile takes another step toward reaching its goal of getting all of its energy from renewable sources by 2021 by agreeing to purchase wind and solar power for its Washington headquarters. (CNBC)

• A Republican U.S. Senator from Nevada introduces a bill that would lift the manufacturer’s cap on electric vehicles eligible for tax credits while phasing out the credits entirely by 2022. (Reuters)
• Hawaii, Oregon, Colorado and Washington are among the top ten states that have the highest ratio of electric vehicle charging stations to the general population. (Forbes)
• A Portland-based electric utility is offering $300,000 in grants to communities and businesses to develop electric vehicle transportation infrastructure projects. (Portland Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suggests that six coastal states including Oregon and Washington might not be included in a federal plan to expand U.S. offshore drilling. (Reuters)

• With more than $40 million amassed in campaign spending, an Arizona clean energy initiative has become the most expensive ballot measure in state history. (Arizona Republic)
• The California State Transportation Agency had a questionable relationship with a public affairs firm that worked on behalf of several groups attempting to block the repeal of a state gas tax, emails show. (Associated Press)
• A Thornton, Colorado city councilwoman is being sued by two anti-fracking activists after she blocked them from her Facebook page after they expressed support for a state ballot measure seeking to increase drilling setbacks. (Colorado Independent)

PUBLIC LANDS: The BLM’s top official in the Pacific Northwest takes over the Colorado office where she’ll be thrust into a growing battle between the oil and gas industry and conservationists. (The Colorado Sun)

SOLAR: A Colorado university installs solar-powered trash compactors and recycling bins. (Rocky Mountain Collegian)

OIL AND GAS: The BLM approves the second oil and gas development on federal leases in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. (Alaska Public Radio)

STORAGE: Several new California laws could provide a long-lasting boost to stationary-based fuel cell technology. (Greentech Media)

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EFFICIENCY: Utah’s state energy office receives two federal grants to fund energy efficiency efforts in the region. (Utah Public Radio)

• By voting for a clean energy initiative, Nevada residents can save money while saving the planet, says a local columnist. (Nevada Appeal)

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