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California AG calls Trump methane rollback ‘monumentally stupid’

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CLIMATE: California’s attorney general calls a Trump administration plan to roll back restrictions on methane emissions a “monumentally stupid decision,” and, along with Colorado, threatens to sue the administration. (Los Angeles Times, Colorado Sun)

UTILITIES: Environmental groups have joined New Mexico’s largest utility in an appeal to the state Supreme Court seeking clarity on whether regulators will apply a new clean energy law in deciding the fate of the San Juan coal plant. (Albuquerque Journal)

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GRID: Hawaii regulators approve a contract between a utility and a technology company to aggregate distributed energy and storage resources to help manage the grid, and compensate customers for it. (Pacific Business News)

COAL:
Coal industry watchers and environmentalists are questioning how the Navajo Transitional Energy Company will pay for the cleanup of its purchased Cloud Peak Energy mines in Wyoming and Montana. (Bloomberg)
The Powder River Basin Resource Council alleges Contura is in violation of federal and state law as it has not updated its mining and reclamation plans for the mines it purchased from Blackjewel. (Gillette News Record)
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says about 20,000 acres of former mining lands in the state have been fully reclaimed. (Oil City News)

OIL & GAS:
• A federal study finding Bakken oil is no more volatile than any other kind bolsters North Dakota officials seeking to overturn a Washington state oil-by-rail law. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Non-profits and community groups that benefited from BP’s philanthropy and employee volunteers could face a financial black hole in the wake of its departure from Alaska’s North Slope. (Associated Press)
• A federal judge is in no rush to halt new oil and gas drilling near New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park. (E&E News, subscription)
• Oregon regulators issue a warning letter about inspection violations to an oil export terminal in Portland. (OPB)

SOLAR:
Amazon says that its new fulfillment center in a Denver suburb is Colorado’s largest single rooftop solar project. (Solar Industry Magazine)
Pueblo, Colorado’s city council approves an agreement for a community solar project that will reduce electric bills for low-income residences. (The Pueblo Chieftan)
The Interior Department this week approved access roads and other facilities for a 200 MW solar project in Nevada. (Solar Industry Magazine)

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EFFICIENCY: An Arizona town approves an energy efficiency contract that is expected to save as much as $1.5 million over the next 15 years. (White Mountain Independent)

COMMENTARY:
• An Arizona Wildlife advocacy organization says that developing clean energy resources in Arizona’s public lands while protecting wildlife habitat and cultural resources will help ensure long-term benefits for the state. (Arizona Capitol Times)
• A former Wyoming state senator says recent developments of the state’s coal industry should be setting off alarms, offers proposals to fix Wyoming’s revenue struggles. (Cowboy State Daily)
• The sacred homelands of Alaska’s Gwich’in Nation and calving grounds of the porcupine caribou herd are no place to drill for gas and oil says the Nation and environmental advocates. (Indian Country Today)

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