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Audit finds lax oil industry reporting costs Colorado millions

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas companies operating in Colorado have failed to submit thousands of monthly reports used to track how much energy they produce, costing the state millions in tax revenues. (Denver Post)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E says it’s building a network of “resilience zones” and temporary microgrids to “support community normalcy by providing power continuity.” (Utility Dive)
PG&E and its bondholders have agreed to limits on what all parties can publicly and privately say about the utility’s bankruptcy-exit deal. (Bloomberg Environment)
PG&E’s CEO defended the utility’s planned power shutoffs to a congressional committee demanding more accountability from California utilities for their part in starting deadly and destructive wildfires. (E&E News, subscription & Fox40)

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EMISSIONS: A recent report by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisiolak’s Office of Energy shows the state reduced greenhouse gasses by 22% between 2005 and 2016. (KVVU)

COAL:
An expert says Wyoming and Montana’s U.S. Supreme Court motion challenging Washington state’s regulatory roadblock of a west coast coal port expansion project faces an uphill legal battle. (WyoFile)
New Mexico lawmakers are set to introduce a bill allowing McKinley County to create an authority focused on redevelopment after the closure of the Escalante Generating Station. (Farmington Daily Times)

POLLUTION:
A new report shows that air quality in the Denver area will only get worse as climate continues to change, noting that the region had more than 130 days with moderate or worse air quality in 2018. (Sentinel Colorado)
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s request for $100 million to help fix the state’s air quality problem is in limbo. (Deseret News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An exploration of electric vehicle purchases in the U.S. finds there are limited options even in California, the nation’s largest market. (Greentech Media)

TRANSMISSION: New Mexico’s House passed a bill enabling counties to issue special bonds to incentivize the expansion of power transmission lines in the state. (New Mexico Political Report)

UTILITIES:
The Navajo Nation wants Arizona utilities that shared in the power generated by coal on its reservation to help make up for financial losses and environmental impacts. (Associated Press)
Nevada regulators are set to approve NV Energy’s renewable-based electric pricing deal with the Las Vegas Raiders. (Nevada Independent)

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PUBLIC LANDS: Bureau of Land Management employees facing forced relocation to the agency’s new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado are now aiming to unionize in response. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
Julian Spector says energy storage made it possible for Arizona’s largest utility to pledge to go carbon-free by 2050. (Greentech Media)
A Wyoming columnist reflects on the boom and bust cycles of the state’s economy over the past 50 years, driven by its dependence on oil, gas, and coal. (Cowboy State Daily)
A radio show explores the struggles of the formerly booming coal town of Gillette, Wyoming. (NPR)

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