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Blackjewel gets extension on bankruptcy case

COAL: A federal judge extends Blackjewel’s bankruptcy case through the end of the year, giving the coal operator 60 additional days to file a reorganization plan. (Casper Star-Tribune)

ALSO: New data shows Q2 Powder River Basin coal production decreased 21.5% from the previous quarter and 31.1% from last year. (S&P Global)

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CALIFORNIA: PG&E agrees to pay more than $40 million for damages caused by wildfires in Napa County in 2017. (Napa Valley Register)

PUBLIC LANDS: The NAACP opposes William Perry Pendley leading the BLM, saying the nominee is a “bigoted and divisive extremist.” (E&E News)

Denver’s city council approves a 0.25% sales tax increase which, if approved by voters, would be dedicated to the city’s renewable energy goals. (Denver Post)
Two California community choice aggregators launch a joint request for proposals to buy 1 million MWh of renewable energy plus battery storage power annually. (Solar Power World)

MICROGRIDS: San Diego Gas & Electric’s largest microgrid is set to be upgraded to 100% renewable energy thanks to a $4.5 million federal grant. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

NUCLEAR: A PG&E spokesman says operations at its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant “are still going really well” despite a dozen workers testing positive for coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

OIL & GAS: Noble Energy brings most of its Colorado oil and gas wells shut down in Q2 because of market volatility back online. (Denver Business Journal, subscription)

SOLAR: The bankrupt owners of a 110-MW Nevada solar energy farm that was plagued by technical and performance issues are hoping to have it fully functional by the end of the year. (PV Magazine)

STORAGE: A Northern California city is set to consider installing Tesla battery backup banks at its wastewater treatment plant to decrease electricity costs. (Red Bluff Daily News)

UTILITIES: A new analysis explores a Colorado cooperative’s fight to sever ties with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Generation. (Brighton Blade)

TRANSPORTATION: A Colorado aerospace company remains committed to producing electric airplanes despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Denver Post) 

TRANSMISSION: A Wyoming county recommends approval of a permit to construct a 416-mile long transmission line. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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FOSSIL FUELS: Wyoming candidates for U.S. Senate discuss strategies for keeping the state’s oil, gas, and coal industries vital in advance of the state’s Republican primary on August 18. (Oil City News)

A Southern California Public Power Authority official says a bill that would create a state-run procurement process for energy storage should be rejected to protect ratepayers from higher bills. (CalMatters)
However, a California building and construction union says the legislation will help the state advance clean energy storage projects and create jobs through infrastructure projects. (CalMatters)

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