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Washington lawmakers approve 100% clean energy by 2045

RENEWABLES: The Washington House approves a plan to eliminate coal from the state’s electricity mix by 2025 and transition to 100% clean energy 20 years later. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

ALSO: A Honolulu-based utility wants to add 1,378 MWh of storage and 135 MW of solar generation to Hawaii’s grid by 2022. (Utility Dive)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Methane emissions from the Permian Basin are five times higher than what is being reported to federal environmental regulators, according a national environmental group’s analysis. (Associated Press)
• California residents are waiting to see if Gov. Gavin Newsom will ban fracking, a move he said he supported while on the campaign trail. (CALmatters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Tesla and Panasonic are reportedly backing off plans to expand a Nevada battery factory as questions linger about the future of Elon Musk’s company. (Bloomberg)
• County supervisors in San Diego vote to create an electric vehicle “road map” to guide future decisions about how to bolster use and build out charging infrastructure. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Montana lawmakers pass a bill authorizing utilities to sell electricity to third-party electric vehicle charging station operators. (Utility Dive)
• Alaska will spend $125,000 from the Volkswagen emissions settlement installing electric vehicle charging stations in the southeast part of the state. (KHNS Radio)

COAL:
• The New York Stock Exchange will delist a struggling Wyoming coal producer by the end of the month. (Gillette News Record)
• A leading credit rating agency predicts continued hard times for a coal-producing region in Wyoming and Montana. (Casper Star Tribune)

UTILITIES: The attorney for California’s first and most influential government-run energy provider is helping reshape an energy landscape once dominated by PG&E and other investor-owned utilities. (Los Angeles Times)

SOLAR: Solar advocates denounce a plan by an Idaho utility to suspend its net metering program. (Solar Power World)

EFFICIENCY: Montana lawmakers give final approval to a bill advancing the potential deployment of smart meters. (Utility Dive)

WIND: A Hawaii land board did not err in approving a wind farm developers’ plan to avoid killing endangered bats, a judge rules. (Honolulu Star Advertiser)

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POLITICS: The U.S. Senate votes to confirm Colorado native and former oil and gas lobbyist David Bernhardt as the next Interior Secretary. (The Colorado Independent)

COMMENTARY:
• Raising Nevada’s renewable energy standards and electrifying transportation help enhance national security, says a former inspector general for the U.S. Navy. (Reno Gazette-Journal)
• Farming and renewable energy production “fit together brilliantly,” says a Hawaii farmer who built a hydroelectric plant on his property. (Honolulu Civil Beat)
• The chairman of the board of a Colorado wholesale power provider says the company understands the critical role farmers play and recognizes their needs for affordable, reliable power. (Greeley Tribune)

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