Energy news in brief

** After years of disputes over net metering, Iowa solar advocates and the state’s largest utility find common ground in a proposal that would preserve payments to solar customers and call for a value of solar study.

** The Indiana Senate passes its version of a bill that would require regulatory approval for coal plant closures, though it is less favorable to plant owners than a House version passed last month.

**  Public meetings are scheduled this month for a proposed underground transmission line that would move wind energy 350 miles from Iowa to Chicago.

** A California company sells its stake in two Nebraska ethanol plants as part of a $52.8 million deal.

** A Kansas state representative says lawmakers should “maximize our opportunities” to take action on climate change.

** Hawaii has confirmed its first Clean Energy Officer, tasked with helping the state achieve its clean energy and decarbonization goals. 

** A California lawmaker has introduced a contentious bill that would add nuclear power to the state’s list of renewable energy sources. 

** Western activists are fighting back against the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” agenda by filing record numbers of protests on oil and gas leases.

** Arizona-based electric trucking startup Nikola is merging with a publicly listed acquisition company in a bid to become the first zero-emission big rig company.

** California’s Air Resources Board is crafting regulations addressing the outsized climate impact of ride-hailing services including Uber and Lyft.

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