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California regulator launches investigation of power shutoffs

CALIFORNIA: California’s utility regulator is launching a formal investigation into the state’s power shutoffs. (Sacramento Business Journal)

Southern California Edison says its power lines will probably be found to be “associated” with last year’s deadly Woolsey fire near Los Angeles, one of the most destructive in the state’s history. (Los Angeles Times)
Northern California’s destructive Kincade Fire could undermine PG&E’s goal of raising $14 billion to finance its bankruptcy plan. (Reuters)
Experts say the outages are indicative of the rising costs of climate change. (InsideClimate News)

“Impeachment is important, but the climate is even more important,” former California Gov. Jerry Brown says in an “explosive” House hearing on the Trump administration’s attack on the state’s clean car rules. (The Hill, E&E News)
• Many Californians are “furious” with Toyota, which has built a reputation for relatively environmentally friendly cars, for siding with the Trump administration on vehicle emissions. (New York Times)

WIND: The Defense Department is seeking new rules in North Dakota for wind turbines near nuclear arsenals, and says it’s also looking at Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation agrees to submit a clean air plan to the EPA by mid-December as part of a lawsuit brought by clean air advocates. (Associated Press)

House Democrats are expected to move a bill today placing a moratorium on leasing claims for 1 million acres surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. (The Hill)
A vote on a “symbolic” pro-fracking resolution sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) was blocked by House Democrats, reaffirming that states retain regulatory authority on state and private lands. (Deseret News)
A state official taking part in Gov. Jared Polis’ statewide listening tour says collaboration between Weld County and northern Colorado in addressing oil and gas issues is a priority. (Greeley Tribune)

PIPELINES: The U.S. State Department oil pipeline review isn’t easing the concerns of Keystone XL pipeline opponents worried about the potential for spills into water bodies. (Associated Press)

A project near Gillette, Wyoming aims to prove whether carbon capture can work at scale. (Associated Press)
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says the state faces “tough decisions” ahead to address its budget shortfall in the wake of ongoing decline in revenue from fossil-fuel industries. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: California regulators consider a proposal to make it easier for local governments to collaborate on energy efficiency. (Utility Dive)

A new report gives Hawaii a C grade for its progress toward 100% renewable energy. (Pacific Business Journal)
Salt Lake City, Utah’s mayor travels to Washington D.C. in support of new federal legislation that would help cities transition to clean energy. (Deseret News)

An Alaska lobbyist says a carbon dividend would be good for all Alaskans. (Anchorage Daily News)
A California editor says the full economic impact of PG&E’s unprecedented extended power outages is still an open question. (L.A. Biz)
Climate activist Bill McKibben says for better or worse, Californians “are going first where the rest of us will follow.” (The Guardian)

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