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Arizona regulators revive deregulation conversations

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UTILITIES: Arizona regulators have resumed talks about opening electric retail competition five years after a similar effort fell flat. (Arizona Capitol Times)

CALIFORNIA FIRES:
• California regulators vote to strengthen rules governing when utilities should shut off power during dangerous conditions. (Bay Area News Group)
• California’s largest electric utility asks regulators’ permission to raise rates, which would largely go to mitigate wildfire risks. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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RENEWABLES: The head of Xcel Energy’s Colorado operations talks about what comes next now that the utility has pledged to go carbon-free by 2050. (Colorado Public Radio)

COAL:
• The chief financial officer for a Colorado coal company resigns after receiving $1.2 million in bonuses during the year leading up to its bankruptcy filing. (Casper Star Tribune)
• A recently released analysis of an Oregon utility’s coal plants provides further economic evidence to justify the power sector’s shift to clean energy. (Utility Dive)
• A federal judge in Montana begins hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end a coal leasing moratorium. (Great Falls Tribune)

STORAGE: A Colorado startup lands a contract to manage the world’s largest virtual power plant in Australia. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: Big changes are in store for a California solar company that recently experienced a change in ownership, a move that will keep operations focused on the U.S. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS: A methanol plant proposed for southern Washington faces criticism from residents worried about climate change and its potential impact on natural gas prices in the area. (The Daily News)

GEOTHERMAL: Crews begin work on the road leading to a geothermal plant in Hawaii that was closed by a volcano eruption in May but it’s unclear when the facility could resume operations. (Hawaii Tribune Herald)

POLITICS: A bill that gives the Navajo Nation more authority in managing oil and gas and mining projects heads to President Trump to sign. (KNAU)

NUCLEAR: Some federal lawmakers are pushing hard to obtain funding to restart the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage project in Nevada before the year ends. (Nevada Independent)

COMMENTARY: It’s time to end net metering in California so renters and others can have greater access to community solar programs, say a community solar advocate. (Greentech Media)

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