Arizona’s largest utility pledges to go carbon-free by 2050

RENEWABLES: Arizona Public Service Co. announces plans to produce all of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050 and will close a New Mexico coal plant seven years ahead of schedule. (Arizona Republic)

ALSO:
• The Spokane Nation in Washington state is set to become a “model for nation-building in the energy sector” through its 100% tribally owned Sovereign Power energy company. (Nonprofit Quarterly)
• Sacramento Municipal Utility District proposes almost 2.9 GW of new renewable energy capacity to support its goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. (Renewables Now)

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Utah legislature set to tackle climate change

CLIMATE: A new climate report ordered by Utah’s legislature offers a strategy for tackling warming and pollution at the same time. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: The Democratic Oregon lawmaker key to killing the state’s previous cap-and-trade legislative effort refuses to commit to reading the current HB 2020 bill. (Oregon Business)

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COAL:
• Wyoming and Montana file a U.S. Supreme Court motion challenging Washington State’s “unconstitutional discrimination against a proposed coal export terminal.” (Wyoming Public Media)
• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the proposed export terminal failed to meet water quality and other environmental standards.

Tri-State says clean energy shift will save money

UTILITIES: Tri-State Generation and Transmission says its recently announced clean energy moves will save money, though it’s still not clear if the changes will satisfy members who have been seeking to leave the co-op. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Tri-State says its coal retirement plans won’t affect Wyoming, and that it isn’t planning any clean energy projects in the state. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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CALIFORNIA:
• A federal judge says January 29 will be the end-date of the “confirmation status conference” on PG&E’s bankruptcy set to begin today.

Judge rules Oregon clean energy ballot initiatives can proceed

CLIMATE: A county judge in Oregon rejects a former Republican secretary of state’s rationale for blocking two clean energy ballot measures environmentalists want to bring before voters in November. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• A new report indicates that California will have to nearly double its current rate of emissions reductions to achieve its goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. (Monterey Herald)
• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says a state Supreme Court ruling allowing caps on direct but not indirect greenhouse gas emissions will significantly affect the state’s ability to reduce emissions. (Spokesman-Review)
• Microsoft pledges to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 across direct emissions and its supply chain. (Associated Press)

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Tri-State announces plans to invest in renewables and cut emissions

UTILITIES: Tri-State Generation and Transmission plans to build eight new solar and wind projects by 2024 and cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 90% by 2030. (Durango Herald, Denver Post)

COAL: A New Mexico coal plant will close a decade sooner than planned due to groundwater scarcity. (Utility Dive)

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CLIMATE: A key Oregon Republican continues to oppose cap-and-trade legislation, saying he would prefer to see the policy referred to voters.