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California regulators approve PG&E bankruptcy plan

CALIFORNIA: California regulators unanimously approve PG&E’s bankruptcy plan, increasing the likelihood the utility will meet its June 30 exit deadline. (New York Times)

ALSO:
Tesla and other stakeholders push California regulators to require PG&E to issue a clean energy solicitation to improve grid resiliency this year. (Microgrid Knowledge)
As anticipated, California’s latest quarterly cap-and-trade sales generated little money for the state as industrial activity slowed during coronavirus shutdowns. (KQED)

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PIPELINES: The Trump administration loses a legal challenge aiming to revive fast-track permitting for pipelines, the latest in a string of court defeats for efforts to advance fossil fuels. (Bloomberg Law, Associated Press)

COAL:
• An analyst says New Mexico regulators’ approval of two solar power purchase agreements, at a price much lower than a proposed carbon capture retrofit of coal plant, raises questions over whether the project is viable. (PV Magazine)
• Operators of a Montana mine confirm that almost 100 miners returned to work Tuesday after more than two weeks of unpaid time off. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Wyoming’s new law requiring energy firms to make mineral tax payments to county governments on a monthly basis is already proving difficult to implement. (Casper Star-Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
Legal analysts and conservationists say a proposed U.S. Forest Service rule could increase oil and gas development in national forests and give the BLM more influence over land leasing decisions. (Bloomberg Law)
Key questions remain unanswered in the dismissal of a University of Colorado air quality researcher that activists say was a target of industry pressure. (InsideClimate News)
In a new lawsuit, conservation groups accuse FERC of failing to adequately consider climate and wildfire risks before approving the controversial Jordan Cove liquified gas export terminal in Oregon. (E&E News, subscription) 

SOLAR:
• The CEO of Navajo Power says a major solar project is key to putting Navajo Nation citizens back to work and creating its clean energy future. (GreenBiz)
• A proposed $680 million 372 MW solar array project north of New Mexico’s San Juan Generating Station is projected to create more than 1,100 jobs. (Farmington Daily Times)
• A pipeline operator is adding solar power to its natural gas facilities in nine states, including Colorado. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES: New Mexico regulators are considering a Public Service Company of New Mexico “decoupling” request which would allow the utility to recover all its fixed service costs independently of how much electricity customers actually consume. (Albuquerque Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Pasadena, California is adding 20 fast chargers to its charging plaza, making it the largest public-access electric vehicle fast charging location in the U.S. (news release)

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HYDROPOWER: An Arizona company makes a new proposal for a hydropower project on Navajo Nation land. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A Davis, California official explains why he believes the city’s council’s decision to lease land to a new community solar project is the right thing to do. (Davis Enterprise)

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