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California governor weighing utility regulation shakeup

UTILITIES: California’s governor suggests he might overhaul the state agency that regulates utilities. (CNBC/Wall Street Journal)

ALSO:
• No real solution has emerged to help solve the problems that led to PG&E’s financial crisis and its fallout. (Greentech Media)
• San Francisco is poised to create its own full-service municipal utility, which local elected officials plan to use to make a bigger push for clean energy. (Bloomberg)

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SOLAR:
• An Arizona regulator says the state could miss out on $500 million in solar development unless it changes the way it implements an energy law requiring utilities to purchase power from small-scale renewable energy projects. (Utility Dive)
• A bill preventing homeowners’ associations from prohibiting rooftop solar panel installations clears an Idaho Senate panel. (Idaho Press)

EFFICIENCY: Utah’s newest state-operated liquor store includes high-efficiency heating and cooling along with LED lights. (Salt Lake Tribune)

RENEWABLES:
• A bill that would dramatically increase clean energy in New Mexico while phasing out coal advances past a state House committee. (Albuquerque Journal)
• San Bernardino County’s decision to ban industrial-scale clean energy projects illustrates some of the challenges California might face as it tries to meet its ambitious climate goals. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL:
• Utah lawmakers maneuver to free up funds set aside for a failed West Coast coal export terminal for similar projects. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• A Navajo-owned energy company continues to gather comments on their plan to buy an Arizona coal plant even though talks with facility’s owner have stalled. (Farmington Daily Times)

NUCLEAR:
• President Trump’s budget request to restart the licensing process for Yucca Mountain includes funding for 77 lawyers at the federal nuclear regulatory commission. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• An Oregon company hopes to build a 720 MW nuclear plant in Idaho using small-scale reactors. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As Colorado considers a zero-emissions vehicle mandate, residents find limited local supplies available at local dealerships. (The Colorado Sun)

OIL & GAS:
• The Alaska Legislature approves a resolution calling for the federal government to open a national wildlife refuge to drilling. (Anchorage Daily News)
• A Wyoming congresswoman is proposing legislation limiting federal oversight of drilling for federal minerals from private or state-owned land. (Casper Star Tribune)

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CLIMATE: A Hawaii news website tries to offset its carbon emissions by planting native trees on Oahu. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

COMMENTARY:
• Former Colorado governor and presidential candidate John Hickenlooper brings a much-needed dose of realism to the climate debate, says a strategic advisor to a progressive policy institute. (RealClear Politics)
• Two Democratic lawmakers from New Mexico say rural and indigenous communities will not get left behind as the state transitions to clean energy. (New Mexico Political Report)

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