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Youth climate change lawsuit faces key test in Oregon

CLIMATE: A lawsuit over climate change led by a group of young activists faces a critical hearing in Oregon on Tuesday that could determine whether the case goes to trial. (The Oregonian)

RENEWABLES: Hawaii’s largest utility is taking steps to swap out coal with renewable energy at a plant on Oahu, which is part of the company’s broader efforts to phase out fossil fuels. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

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OIL & GAS:
• A Texas-based power producer has dropped plans to build a gas plant in Southern California, the latest in a string of similar cancellations. (Greentech Media)
• California will not be affected by the Trump administration’s decision to end the summertime ban of gasoline mixed higher amounts of ethanol. (Los Angeles Times)

UTILITIES:
• California regulators are requiring the state’s major utility to improve the way they plan to communicate about power shutdowns to reduce wildfire risks. (Utility Dive)
• The Oakland Raiders are reconsidering dropping Nevada’s largest utility as the power provider for the team’s new Las Vegas stadium. (The Nevada Independent)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Colorado goes all in on electric vehicles with an emphasis on mass transit. (Denver Post)
• A Utah congressman and the Salt Lake City area transit authority are pushing for more federal funding to buy electric buses. (Deseret News)


SOLAR: A national nonprofit that just began working in Colorado has launched several solar co-ops and is hoping to form one in the western part of the state. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

GEOTHERMAL: The operator of a Hawaii geothermal plant has filed an application with state regulators for two new wells, a move company officials say is a contingency plan in case existing wells can’t resume production because of damage from a volcano eruption last year. (Hawaii Tribune Herald)

COAL: The Navajo Nation is bracing for the economic fallout from the approaching shutdown of the largest coal plant in the West. (Deseret News)

NUCLEAR: A U.S. Senator from Nevada tours Yucca Mountain and vows to stop plans to store nuclear waste there. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• The public has a right to know what the federal government has known about climate change and when they knew it, says two Oregon law school professors working on behalf of the plaintiffs in the “climate change kids” lawsuit. (The Oregonian)
• The editorial page director of the Salt Lake Tribune says the market has spoken: it wants nature and not coal.
• David Roberts of Vox explains how smart policies are helping California lead the rest of the nation in energy efficiency.

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