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California environmentalists challenge plan for dairy gas capture

OIL & GAS: California environmentalists criticize a plan to spend money from a massive gas leak settlement on technology to capture methane from dairy farms. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A four-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing could cost New Mexico $3.5 billion in lost revenue, a state report finds. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

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STORAGE: A Utah lawmaker proposes financial incentives for the installation of large battery systems supplied by clean energy sources. (Deseret News)

CLIMATE: Alaska’s governor disbands a state climate change commission. (Alaska’s Energy Desk)

UTILITIES:
• As safety violations piled up, California lawmakers continued to benefit from political donations from the state’s largest utility. (New York Times)
• California policymakers consider a proposal to require utilities to pay into an insurance fund to help cover costs from wildfires and other disasters. (San Francisco Chronicle)

POLITICS:
• The author of California’s landmark law requiring the state to get all of its electricity from renewables by 2045 is running for Los Angeles city council. (Greentech Media)
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry applauds an Arizona utility’s clean energy investment as he called for an “all of the above” approach to energy development. (Arizona Republic)

NUCLEAR: Nevada’s governor won’t attend events with Vice President Mike Pence at a conference in Washington D.C. in protest of the federal government’s decision to secretly ship plutonium to the state. (The Nevada Independent)

COAL:
• As the state transitions to clean energy, New Mexico lawmakers grapple over how to provide a soft landing for local communities that depend on coal-fired power plants for their economic livelihood. (New Mexico In Depth)
• A Wyoming coal town faces an uncertain future as the local mine’s owner goes through bankruptcy. (Casper Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says adopting California’s appliance efficiency standards should be a no-brainer for Hawaii lawmakers. (Honolulu Civil Beat)
• Washington’s governor must reject new fossil fuel projects, including the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery, two environmentalists say. (Seattle Times)
• As much as climate change is to blame for the demise of California’s largest utility, so is the state’s strict liability policies, says the director of a risk management center at the University of Pennsylvania. (Los Angeles Times)
• It’s time for a Green New Deal in California, the leaders of two environmental groups say. (Sacramento Bee)

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