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Arizona lawmakers seek to block natural gas bans

ELECTRIFICATION: Arizona lawmakers advance a bill preventing municipalities from banning gas hookups for new buildings, though no cities in the state appear to be considering that approach. (Arizona Republic)

CLIMATE:
A California lawmaker says the state must do more to fight climate change and is prioritizing historically marginalized groups in his Green New Deal proposal for the state. (CalMatters)
A U.S. Energy Department study finds California must find a way to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in order to reach its goal of eliminating emissions by 2045. (Bloomberg Environment, subscription)
Portland General Electric has partnered with Portland Public Schools to create a K-12 curriculum exploring the causes and consequences of climate change, as well as potential solutions. (news release)
Montana’s Big Sky Resort launched its “Big Picture” initiative, aiming to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. (news release)

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CALIFORNIA:
Reports filed by PG&E on improvements to its Public Safety Power Shutoff program are found to be “fundamentally inadequate” by California’s top regulator. (San Francisco Chronicle)
California regulators are proposing additional planned power outage guidelines for utilities in advance of this year’s wildfire season. (news release)
• Some Northern California homeowners are concerned about the potential impacts of chemicals PG&E is injecting under trees near power lines on private properties in an effort to stunt the tree’s growth. (CBS Sacramento)

UTILITIES: A New Mexico co-op is considering opting out of its contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, citing uncertainty about the power provider’s direction. (Rio Grande Sun)

EFFICIENCY: Colorado officials announce initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency at cannabis cultivating businesses in the state. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION:
Washington state’s House passed a bill aiming to limit the amount of carbon dioxide and related greenhouse gases released by transportation fuels and increase the number of electric vehicles in the state. (Spokesman-Review)
King County, Washington is investing $130 million in 40 battery-electric buses, with plans to buy 80 more in 2022. (Puget Sound Business Journal)

PUBLIC LANDS: BLM’s lease of public lands in Park County, Wyoming for potential energy exploration has sparked conflict between the state’s petroleum industry and environmentalists concerned about sage grouse habitat. (Wyoming News Exchange)

OIL & GAS:
A federal lawsuit filed by Alaskan environmental groups and others calls for the EPA to set new rules for use of oil spill dispersants. (Anchorage Daily News)
Energy Products Partners announces the activation of its Permian Basin cryogenic natural gas processing plant in West Texas. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

POLLUTION: Two new studies rank Denver, Colorado among the top 10 worst cities in the U.S. for hazardous air pollution, with elevated levels on more than 260 days a year for the past two years. (Denver Post)

NUCLEAR: Energy Northwest plans to spend up to $2 million to look at the feasibility of adding small modular nuclear reactor system near its existing Tri-Cities, Washington reactor. (Tri-City Herald)

GRID: A small Hawaiian island of approximately 3,000 residents who pay higher electricity bills on average than the rest of the state could be a test case for renewable energy. (Forbes)

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TECHNOLOGY: University of California, Davis researchers are studying a thermoradiative cell that could complement solar panels by producing power at night. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
Two U.S. Representatives representing coastal Oregon and West Virginia coal country say their plan calling for clean energy innovation and reformed regulations can curb climate change. (USA Today)
A podcast explores the factors behind Arizona Public Service’s pledge to go carbon free by 2050. (Greentech Media)

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