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Why Arizona utilities will likely ignore voters on clean energy

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UTILITIES: Arizona’s governor acknowledges that legislation he signed earlier this year, crafted with help from the state’s largest utility, will allow utilities to ignore a clean energy mandate should voters approve it in November. (Capitol Media Services)

SUSTAINABILITY: Two California universities are taking new steps to eliminate carbon emissions from their buildings. (Greentech Media)

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OIL AND GAS:
• After pleas from several high-ranking Colorado officials, the BLM is considering pulling several parcels of land in the southern part of the state that were scheduled to be sold in December. (Denver Post)
• A Wyoming wildlife commission declines to intervene in a controversial oil and gas lease auction on land that overlaps the state’s only designated mule deer corridor. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tells oil and gas industry leaders that “our government should work for you.” (Vox)

TRANSPORTATION: California’s top air quality regulator is urging the Trump administration to abandon plans to freeze fuel efficiency standards in advance of a series of public meetings before federal regulators this week. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: As it launches a full-scale attack against a clean energy initiative, Arizona’s largest utility launches a slew of clean energy programs. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• Two Bozeman, Montana schools are set to receive solar panels thanks to the fundraising efforts of a middle school student who was recently honored for her work. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
• Members of Washington’s congressional delegation urge President Trump to end the trade dispute with China which they say is threatening hundreds of jobs at a local facility that makes a key ingredient in solar panels. (Columbia Basin Herald)

COAL:
• A Colorado coal town grapples with its identity and an uncertain future as the industry continues to decline. (Colorado Springs Gazette)
• Unless the federal government intervenes, it seems likely the West’s largest coal plant will close next year. (Arizona Republic)

POLITICS:
• A U.S. senator from Colorado is one of two elected officials pushing for the expansion of energy storage eligibility under the renewable investment tax credit. (Utility Dive)
• Two former federal energy regulators say Nevada voters should support an energy choice initiative. (Nevada Independent)

ELECTRIC CARS: Colorado’s market for used electric vehicles is small but growing. (The Colorado Sun)

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RESEARCH: Royal Dutch Shell and the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado team up to launch a program aimed at fostering clean energy technologies. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:
• Supporters of a Washington ballot measure to impose a carbon fee on the state’s biggest polluters say the plan is a practical solution to make clean energy more affordable. (Seattle Times)
• If Utah wants to finance roads and education, a carbon tax would be a better tool than a gas tax, says an economics professor from Cleveland State University. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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