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Boulder offers Xcel $94 million for electric utility assets

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UTILITIES: The city of Boulder, Colorado, offers almost $94 million to Xcel Energy for the company’s electric utility assets necessary to form a municipal utility. (Denver Post)

CALIFORNIA:
California wildfire victims waiting for PG&E to exit bankruptcy fear smaller compensation payouts with each new wildfire. (Associated Press)
• The problems with above-ground power lines will worsen with climate change, experts say, citing wildfires caused by PG&E electrical wires. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS:
Environmentalists criticise the first report of New Mexico’s Climate Change Task Force, saying it contains no plan to move the third-largest oil producing state away from oil and gas production. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• Washington state regulators will require further environmental review for a planned methanol plant on the Columbia River. (Associated Press)
• A federal review concludes there would be no significant environmental impact from a proposed liquefied natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon. (Associated Press)
Experts disagree on the future of energy in New Mexico, particularly the future role of fossil fuels. (Albuquerque Business First)

PUBLIC LANDS: The federal Bureau of Land Management is accepting public input until December 9 on a sale of public land leases for fossil fuel development in southeast New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

SOLAR: Colorado’s La Plata Electric Association could add a new community solar garden after a vote by its wholesale energy supplier to allow members more freedom to produce renewable energy. (Durango Herald)

WIND:
Xcel Energy says its Sagamore Wind Farm project in New Mexico will generate $131.5 million in state and local benefits, as well as $43 million in gross receipts tax. (Eastern New Mexico News)
Protests against Hawaii’s Kahuku wind farm continues, with 100 opponents packing a state regulatory hearing to silently witness attorneys arguing over a regulatory challenge to upend the project. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription)

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NUCLEAR: A Colorado college is researching coolant technology that could help develop the next generation of nuclear power plants. (Durango Herald)

COMMENTARY:
A columnist says California Gov. Gavin Newsom talks like a PG&E critic, but the actions of his regulatory appointees say otherwise. (Antelope Valley Press)
A California fuel researcher says converting renewable electricity to hydrogen will play an important role in fighting climate change. (USA Today)

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