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Coal miners back New Mexico carbon capture plan

COAL: Coal miners ask New Mexico regulators to support a plan to install carbon capture technology at the San Juan Generating Station. (Farmington Daily Times)

ALSO:
• PacifiCorp says it will close one of three generators at an Arizona coal plant this year, but will keep another facility operating until 2032. (Arizona Republic)
Montana gives Navajo Transitional Energy Company a 65-day extension to operate its Spring Creek mine amid ongoing negotiations over the terms of a state permit. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE: An Oregon environmental group says the state is lagging on climate action, noting that it does not have carbon-pricing policies in place. (Portland Business Journal)

NATURAL GAS: Los Angeles County leaders call for an “expedited” closure of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage site, but residents want a firm deadline. (Daily Breeze)

CALIFORNIA:
AT&T and Verizon representatives are set to testify before California lawmakers today about the impact of PG&E’s planned power outages on telecommunications. (Associated Press)
PG&E is hardening equipment in the El Toyonal area of northern California in an effort to reduce wildfire risk. (Lamorinda Weekly)

SOLAR: California’s planned power shut-offs are driving big orders of BoxPower’s portable and turnkey solar power and battery units. (Sacramento Business Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
Industry groups say Colorado’s new air quality control rules might force smaller operators out of the state. (Greeley Tribune)
Colorado is set to tackle major changes to its oil and gas rules this year. (Denver Business Journal, subscription)
• Hilcorp and BP tell Alaska regulators their proposed $5.6 billion North Slope pipeline deal needs no public hearing despite public calls for more transparency. (Anchorage Daily News)
The latest conflicts in the Middle East are raising calls for increased oil production in California. (Bakersfield Now)
• Colorado is on the itinerary of a national oil and gas trade group launching a national campaign to tell the industry’s story in response to concerns about climate change and proposed fracking bans. (Denver Post)
Investigators may never know what ignited the flare-up that caused the death of a Colorado oil and gas worker at a natural gas well pad south of Durango. (Durango Herald)

FRACKING:
A Colorado anti-fracking group proposes ballot measures to increase oil and gas setbacks and to require companies to front clean-up money before obtaining permits. (Colorado Independent)
• A 16.5 mile covered overland conveyor belt system could bring sand for fracking from West Texas into southeast New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

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GRID: A former California grid director says the state’s electrical grid would be hard to take down in the event of attempted hacks from Iran. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
The president of a California green energy company says delivering clean energy safely and reliably will require new technologies and new ways of thinking. (CALmatters)
A clean energy communications and consulting expert says energy storage technology is key in the wake of widespread power outages and transmission issues globally in 2019. (POWER Magazine)

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