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Wyoming governor vetoes coal export lawsuit bill

COAL: Wyoming’s governor vetoes a bill that would have authorized the state to sue Washington over its rejection of a proposed coal export terminal, saying the state should have “a coherent approach” to the issue. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A major Wyoming coal producer reports a $718 million loss for 2018, prompting some to speculate the company may be be close to filing for bankruptcy. (Casper Star Tribune)

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• Several clean energy measures make it past the legislative finish line in Utah including a $6.9 million electric vehicle investment, a carbon tax study and new measure giving communities more flexibility in achieving 100 percent renewable energy goals. (Deseret News)
• While New Mexico lawmakers pass a landmark clean energy bill, other energy issues receive only legislative tweaks. (New Mexico In Depth)

• Staffers for the Montana agency that regulates utilities are accusing the state’s largest power provider of actively working to undermine their ability to protect ratepayers. (Billings Gazette)
• An ampersand is all that separates a Portland, Oregon utility and a bankrupt, scandal-plagued California power provider in the social media sphere. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: The head of the Nevada agency that oversees nuclear waste disposal and transportation says the Yucca Mountain site isn’t remotely ready to begin accepting shipments. (Nevada Appeal)

• A Colorado tribe breaks ground on a $2 million solar project. (Durango Herald)
• A Tucson utility has enlisted the help of a flock of sheep to keep the vegetation cleared near one of its solar arrays. (Arizona Daily Star)

OIL & GAS: A Wyoming lawmaker talks about how the regulation of the state’s powerful oil and gas industry could be changing in the months ahead. (Casper Star Tribune)

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TECHNOLOGY: A California startup is scheduled to begin testing a hybrid electric aircraft in Hawaii this year. (Maui News)

• Energy efficiency — especially in the building sector — should be a focus in tackling the climate crisis, writes an executive for a stone wool insulation supplier. (Energy News Network, sponsored)
• Moving California’s buildings beyond fossil fuels is a lofty goal but a worthy one, says San Jose’s mayor. (CALmatters)
• It’s time for Alaska to stop giving away billions of oil credit dollars, says a former state senator. (Fairbanks News Miner)
• Officials associated with New Mexico’s ski industry applaud the governor for tackling climate change and expanding clean energy this legislative session. (Albuquerque Journal)

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