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California governor calls outages ‘unacceptable’

CALIFORNIA: California Governor Gavin Newsom blasts PG&E over the bankrupt utility’s “unacceptable” extended power outages and decades-long history of neglecting its systems. (Los Angeles Times)

PG&E CEO Bill Johnson admits the utility “was not adequately prepared” for its unprecedented power outages this week. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• Johnson also apologizes for an event in which utility employees mingled with gas customers at a posh Sonoma County winery just days before the outages. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• Californians are finding their grid-connected rooftop solar arrays aren’t helpful in blackouts. (Bloomberg)

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TRANSMISSION: PacifiCorp’s clean energy plan for the Pacific Northwest depends on the future completion of Gateway South, a 400-mile transmission line currently under consideration. (Daily Energy Insider)

Colorado regulators granted the City of Boulder unconditional approval to transfer some Xcel Energy assets needed to create a community-owned, city-run electric utility. (news release)
A Montana utility announced Lake County’s power outages were the result of a frog blowing the breaker on the NorthWestern Energy substation. (KRTV)

The required transfer of mining permits and associated reclamation obligations to the new owner of Blackjewel’s Wyoming mines could delay their return to full operations by up to three weeks. (Wyoming Business Report)
A Navajo Transitional Energy Company representative addresses criticisms about its purchase of Cloud Peak’s Wyoming mines and lack of renewable investments. (KJZZ)
The federal government awarded a southwestern Wyoming town a grant of nearly $139,000 to diversify its economy in the wake of coal’s decline. (Casper Star-Tribune)

HYDROPOWER: Experts say four key dams on the lower Snake River should be removed because their economic value is limited and their absence would benefit salmon significantly. (Yale Environment 360)

Halliburton’s layoff of almost 200 oil and gas workers does not appear to be a consequence of recently passed oil and gas regulations in Colorado. (Colorado Public Radio)
Five western Washington refineries could face new greenhouse gas emissions regulation under a draft metropolitan Seattle air pollution agency “Clean Fuel Standard” rule. (Bloomberg Environment, subscription)

The Bureau of Land Management has opened the 30-day comment period on a plan to restore a Nevada hot spring affected by a nearby geothermal plant. (Think GeoEnergy)
Republican and Democratic Voters in five mountain states are united regarding resource conservation of public lands according to new polling data from a policy and advocacy organization focused on land and energy issues across the American West. (Boulder Weekly)

CLIMATE: Bozeman and Missoula are leading Montana’s cities in creating and implementing action plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

SOLAR: Three western solar farms are among the five largest multi-hundred-megawatt solar projects in the U.S. (Greentech Media)

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WIND: A University of Wyoming mechanical engineering professor is contributing to an international paper inviting the scientific community to address three “grand challenges” for wind energy innovation. (University of Wyoming)

COMMENTARY: An Alaska editorial board says price and production forecasts show the state cannot rely on oil to save it from additional budget cuts by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, subscription)

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