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White House wants to use West Coast military bases to ship coal, gas

COAL: The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations and other federal properties to ship coal and other fossil fuels to Asia, a plan the Washington governor called a “harebrained” scheme. (Associated Press, Politico)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Why Palo Alto, California is the electric car capital of America. (E&E News)

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• Crews have completed the installation of solar panels on 82 Tucson school campuses, making the project the largest collective solar school project in Arizona. (PV Magazine)
• Work begins on a South Dakota electric utility’s fourth community solar project in southern Colorado. (KOAA)

• The Colorado Supreme Court is set this week to hear arguments in a lawsuit that asserts state regulators must consider drilling’s impact on human health and the environment before issuing permits. (Denver Post)
• California regulators adopt a new strategy to deal with methane leaks from natural gas pipelines: prioritize leaks that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions even if the lines don’t pose a physical threat. (Utility Dive)
• California will have to find new ways to increase grid reliability when it begins weaning itself off natural gas to meet a newly adopted clean energy mandate. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: As increasing wildfire danger prompts a major electric provider to cut off power to thousands of California customers, some consumer groups questioned whether the blackouts were an overstep meant to insulate utilities from further financial liability. (New York Times)

• If Colorado voters approve a ballot measure to increase drilling setbacks,  other states might be prompted to consider similar rules. (Washington Post)
• If Washington voters approve a plan to establish a carbon fee, it will become the first effort of its kind enacted anywhere in the world and will likely encourage carbon tax supporters in other states. (Bloomberg)

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COURTS: California firefighters who responded to a massive 2015 gas leak are suing the utility that owns the facility, saying the gas provider knowingly allowed them to be exposed to toxic chemicals. (Associated Press)

• Citing potential job losses, Colorado’s former governor says he’s voting “no” on a ballot measure to increase drilling setbacks. (Denver Post)
• In a state that continues to face a housing affordability crisis with an increasing homeless population, energy efficiency is an important strategy to help California families stay on top of their bills, says a state regulator and an environmentalist. (Utility Dive)

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