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COAL: Idaho Power proposes to speed its exit from coal by converting its share of a Wyoming coal power plant to natural gas by the end of 2028, six years before the plant is scheduled to close. (Idaho Statesman)
• New Mexico regulators begin rulemaking to limit power plant emissions, potentially halting a plan to keep a coal power plant running for years until a company can install carbon capture equipment. (news release)
• Montana regulators reject a Canadian coal mine’s challenge of a 2020 limit on coal mine selenium pollution, saying it complies with state law and is necessary to protect fish. (Montana Public Radio)
• An energy company proposes expanding the capacity of a pipeline that carries natural gas from Canada to California even though the region is moving away from the fuel. (Sightline)
• A southern California mayor urges residents to reduce electricity use during times of peak demand in hopes of convincing the state to close a natural gas fired power plant. (EasyReader & Peninsula)
OIL & GAS: Hawaii energy officials say even though electric utilities are transitioning away from fossil fuels, the state still relies on petroleum for 85% of its total energy needs. (Hawaii Public Radio)
TRANSPORTATION: Colorado’s transportation department aims to reduce traffic and ground-level ozone by expanding its intercity bus service.
• A Silicon Valley city plans to decarbonize 95% of its buildings by 2030 by installing heat pumps, solar panels and batteries in about 10,000 structures. (Bloomberg)
• Eugene, Oregon, climate advocates promote electrification and urge city officials to ban natural gas hookups to help meet their goal of decarbonizing buildings by 2045. (Register-Guard)
GEOTHERMAL: The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and conservationists urge a federal appeals court to halt construction on a geothermal project in Nevada, saying it threatens a sacred site and a rare toad. (Nevada Current)
WIND: Some Idaho residents oppose a 1,000 MW wind facility proposed for the southern part of the state, saying it will harm cattle grazing and wildlife. (Boise State Public Radio)
SOLAR: A Colorado town supports a developer’s plan to construct a utility-scale solar facility to replace generation lost when a coal power plant closes in 2028. (Craig Press)
• After a windstorm left 47,000 people without power last year, a Colorado utility upgrades its grid and trains workers to respond more quickly to such events. (The Gazette)
• An Arizona city considers amending its building code to allow a controversial high-voltage transmission line to be built overhead rather than underground. (Arizona Daily Star)