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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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GEOTHERMAL: Three local energy providers in California have signed contracts this month for electricity from new geothermal power plants which could play a critical role in the state’s transition to cleaner energy sources. (Los Angeles Times)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E says differences with its creditors over how to restructure the utility are resolved, but California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the plan doesn’t meet the public interest. (New York Times)
A California regulatory judge increases PG&E’s fines for its locate-and-mark program violations 70%, saying the $65 million settlement offer by the utility and other parties “is low relative to the scale of PG&E’s wrongdoing.” (Utility Dive)
Clean-energy groups fear PG&E’s initiatives to limit the reach of the utility’s planned power shutoffs this year will rely too heavily on fossil fuels. (San Francisco Chronicle)

PIPELINES: The BLM is granting TC Energy a right of way across 44 miles of federally managed land in Montana for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Williston Daily Herald) 

MICROGRIDS:
A growing number of U.S. school districts are investing in solar microgrids, with California leading the way as preparation for wildfires. (OZY)
A rural Oregon community finds off-grid microgrids are a cost-effective alternative to paying the local utility $7 million to run utility lines for 600 new homes. 

NATURAL GAS: California regulators predict gas-powered technology in the state will increasingly become obsolete over the next quarter-century. (San Francisco Chronicle)  

FRACKING: A small Utah town confronted the fracking industry over a frac sand mine that threatened the region’s aquifer and won. (Revelator)

COAL: Wyoming and Montana file a petition with the Supreme Court challenging Washington state’s rejection of a permit for a coal export terminal. (E&E News)

EMISSIONS: Colorado misses its EPA deadline to reduce toxic ground-level ozone along the Front Range by two years. (Colorado Independent)

OIL & GAS:
New Mexico’s oil and gas regulators are calling on state lawmakers to approve their funding requests so operations will be strengthened. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
New Mexico’s Republicans are critical of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s failure to mention the state’s oil and gas industry in her State of the State speech. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

STORAGE: A new 1MW energy storage facility at San Diego Zoo’s Balboa Park in California reduces the zoo’s need for fossil fuel, supports clean energy, and decreases energy costs. (reNews)

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NUCLEAR: A Senate bill aims to strengthen oversight for nuclear waste in New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current-Argus) 

COMMENTARY: A think tank leader says Microsoft continues to set a high bar of what direct action on climate and carbon reduction can look like. (Quartz)

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