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White House may allow wind farms off the California coast

WIND: The Trump administration is considering allowing offshore wind farms to be developed off the coast of California where some landowners worry about their oceanfront views being obscured by turbines. (The Hill, San Luis Obispo Tribune)

COAL: How a local broadband company was able to save a Colorado coal community after two local mines shut down. (NPR)

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SOLAR:
• Both Republicans and Democrats like solar energy as a way to be more self-sufficient, according to a new study co-authored by a Washington State University professor. (NWPR/Earth Fix)
• Colorado’s first floating solar array will be installed at a water treatment plant in the north central part of the state. (news release)

POLITICS:
• A Texas oil and gas company buys ads to convince Colorado voters to reject a ballot measure increasing drilling setbacks; and claims the ads aren’t subject to campaign finance or state disclosure laws. (Westword)
• Supporters of tougher oil and gas rules in San Luis Obispo, California say a local ballot measure does not seek to shut down production at existing wells as opponents have alleged. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

OIL AND GAS:
• About 4,000 people in the San Francisco Bay area were evacuated due to a fire that posed a threat to an underground gas pipeline. (Los Angeles Times)
• A federal judge rules that the BLM in Colorado failed to consider greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production when drafting a new resource management plan, a win for environmentalists who challenged the document. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

TRANSPORTATION: Oregon air quality regulators will hold a statewide hearing on the Trump administration’s plan to roll back fuel efficiency standards because state officials believe residents weren’t given adequate opportunities to comment on the federal plan. (OPB News/Earth Fix)

REGULATION: A clean energy group is accusing an Arizona regulator of using talking points about renewable energy from the state’s largest utility during a phone call with a Wall Street analyst, a claim the state official denies. (Arizona Republic)

TRANSMISSION: County officials in southern Colorado delay making a decision on 39-mile transmission line opposed by some landowners. (KOAA)

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TECHNOLOGY: A California startup has developed technology that could improve solar panel output by 5 percent, recently earning the company a $50,000 research prize. (Pasadena Now)

COMMENTARY:
• The editorial board of the Las Vegas Review-Journal says it’s time for Nevada voters to end NV Energy’s “stranglehold” on the retail electricity market by voting for an energy choice initiative.
• There’s a lot more than just coastal liberals stopping Asian consumers from buying Wyoming coal, says a Bloomberg columnist.
• An editorial board in Alaska praises the installation of the state’s largest solar array and urges patience in the transition toward renewable energy. (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

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