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Wyoming regulators OK wind energy link to California

TRANSMISSION: Wyoming regulators grant the final approval for a 750-mile transmission line, clearing the way for a long-sought connection to bring the state’s wind energy to markets in the Southwest. (Casper Star-Tribune)

• Customers of California’s second largest utility could see their bills rise by $290 million a year if federal energy regulators allow the company to reward its shareholders with higher investment returns because of growing wildfire risks. (Los Angeles Times)
• Arizona regulators are considering changing rules requiring utilities to buy power from certain renewable energy developers. (Arizona Daily Star)

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• A federal judge in Montana has ruled the Trump administration failed to consider how resuming coal sales from land owned by the U.S. government might harm the environment. (Associated Press)
• As Washington moves closer to banning coal by 2025, utilities there that have a stake in one of the West’s largest coal plants mull their options. (Billings Gazette)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A bill raising Nevada’s renewable energy standard to 50 percent by 2030 is headed to the governor to sign. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new study citing several hot real estate markets in California suggests there is a correlation between electric vehicle charging stations and homes selling at higher prices. (Forbes)

• Colorado environmental regulators are finding fewer leaks of methane and other pollutants at oil and gas sites despite increasing production in the state. (Denver Post)
• An environmental group is suing federal land managers to try to stop oil and gas lease sales on public land in southern Utah known to contain sacred American Indian artifacts. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Colorado regulators have released interim guidelines for oil and gas companies to comply with a new law overhauling the way the state regulates the industry. (Associated Press)
• About one-quarter of all Western land offered for oil and gas leases under the Trump administration has been in state-designated priority habitat and wildlife migration corridors, according to a new study. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Environmentalists plant a garden on the railroad tracks at a Portland petroleum terminal and demand action on climate change. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

BIOMASS: Arizona regulators are considering requiring utilities to use biomass to generate power. (Arizona Daily Sun)

• An Albuquerque solar installation company that started out of a garage in 2015 is experiencing explosive growth and picking up accolades from the New Mexico business community. (Albuquerque Journal)
• Idaho regulators deny a utility’s request to suspend adding commercial net-metering customers. (Times-News)

EMISSIONS: As wildfires in California burn, Catholic hospitals confront climate change. (National Catholic Reporter)

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RESEARCH: A federal renewable energy lab is Colorado is trying to streamline efforts to take “clean tech” out of the research lab and into consumer products. (UPI)

• The editorial board of the Los Angeles Times says its not fair to ratepayers, the public and investor-owned utilities for the state to delay fixing its flawed wildfire payout system.
• Time is running out for Congress to take meaningful action on limiting greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry, says the editorial board of the Santa Fe New Mexican.

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