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California governor: “No patience for climate change deniers”

CALIFORNIA: California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he has “no patience for climate change deniers” and the state will continue to pursue policies that combat climate change as it deals with historic wildfires. (Politico) 

ALSO:
PG&E keeps power on for 3,000 “high fire-threat” Humboldt County customers by isolating its Humboldt Bay Generating Station from the state’s electrical grid. (Lost Coast Outpost)
An energy expert says it is still feasible for San Jose to convert its power grids into a customer-owned co-op, easing power needs for other cities. (San Jose Spotlight)

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GRID:
• The president of California’s grid operator says its problems are the result of “operating too close to the margin” with no room for error. (Los Angeles Times)
• The Navajo Nation uses federal funds to connect more than 100 homes to the power grid. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says the state having regulatory primacy over its carbon dioxide injection wells will help keep coal-fired power plants operating and coal miners employed. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Wyoming’s Powder River Basin is set to produce less than 200 million tons of coal for the first time in 30 years. (Gillette News Record, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Declining demand due to the coronavirus pandemic could be the death knell of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal in Oregon. (E&E News, subscription)

PUBLIC LANDS:
A new report to be released today indicates New Mexico could lose revenue and jobs if oil and natural gas drilling on federal land is banned. (Albuquerque Journal)
Conservation and taxpayer groups want the Bureau of Land Management to stop plans to sell oil and gas leases this month after a Nevada auction draws minimum bids. (Reuters and Bloomberg Law, subscription)

SOLAR: A Montana Supreme Court ruling that regulators violated renewable energy law when dealing with solar has stopped many projects previously under development in the state. (Billings Gazette)

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MICROGRIDS: California regulators want industry stakeholder comments on alternatives to diesel generators as part of an ongoing microgrid proceeding by September 18. (Microgrid Knowledge)

COMMENTARY:
Tri State Generation and Transmission’s CEO says the utility is working to address the challenges of retiring the Escalante Generation Station by the end of the year. (Albuquerque Journal)
A conservationist says Utah’s post-pandemic recovery would be helped by clean energy jobs and advanced storage technology. (Salt Lake Tribune)
A California economist says there are better ways to use smart meters to manage load than large-scale planned outages. (Energy Institute at Haas)

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