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California lawmaker introduces PG&E takeover bill

CALIFORNIA: A California lawmaker has introduced legislation that would initiate a government takeover of PG&E and turn it into a public entity. (Los Angeles Times)

CLIMATE:
Oregon Republicans have threatened to walk out of the legislature again to prevent a vote on climate policy. (Associated Press)
Indigenous tribes have been at the forefront of climate resilience and adaptation planning, with at least 50 tribes developing plans. (Grist)

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EFFICIENCY: A new study cites Honolulu as a national leader for incorporating energy efficiency and renewable power policies into resilience plans. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Coal workers, small business owners, and local politicians are calling on Wyoming’s utility regulator to hold off transitioning from coal, expressing concerns about the economic impacts of doing so. (WyoFile)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Two versions of a bill that would establish an income tax credit for electric vehicles purchases advance in New Mexico. (New Mexico Political Report)

OIL & GAS:
Flaring and venting natural gas in the Permian Basin increased last year, up roughly 7% over 2018. (Reuters)
A decade-long study of the impacts of energy development on mule deer in Colorado’s Piceance Basin finds no long-term negative effects. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

PUBLIC LANDS: The BLM is withdrawing parcels from its upcoming Colorado oil and gas lease sale because of an ongoing lawsuit over its Grand Junction Field Office’s greater sage-grouse management plans. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

UTILITIES: Colorado cooperative Holy Cross Energy is seeking proposals for utility-scale renewable energy projects and flexible distributed energy resources. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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ACTIVISM: A Native American activist who told New Mexico’s House that Chaco Canyon should be protected from oil and gas drilling during a January invocation has been disinvited from giving the opening prayer Friday in the state’s Senate. (New Mexico Political Report)

COMMENTARY:
An energy lawyer says California policymakers are trying to “kill off” the community solar market. (PV Magazine)
A Montana state representative says NorthWestern Energy should disclose what it will cost to keep a coal plant running. (Billings Gazette)
Two Arizona columnists say that the approach to renewable energy in the state is not a matter of left or right, but an imperative that requires balance. (Arizona Capitol Times)
A University of Arizona doctor warns of the health impacts of utility investments in fossil fuels. (Arizona Daily Star)

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