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Colorado governor: cities should have more say on oil and gas

POLITICS: Colorado’s new governor says he intends to give local governments more control over where oil and gas companies operate, a long-running conflict in the state where population growth and drilling frequently collide. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
• New Mexico’s largest electric utility won’t disconnect service for federal employees who are behind on their bills because of the partial government shutdown. (Associated Press)
• California’s largest utility has restored gas service to the wildfire decimated community of Paradise. (Reuters)

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NUCLEAR:
• A panel overseeing the decommissioning of a California nuclear plant wants to the process to begin as soon as it closes in 2024. (Associated Press)
• Congressional proponents of sending nuclear waste to Nevada’s Yucca Mountain for storage say the funding fight will likely shift to the U.S. Senate this year. (The Nevada Independent)

SOLAR:
• A 550 MW California solar farm has its credit rating cut to junk because of its relationship with the state’s largest utility, which is reported to be circling bankruptcy. (Bloomberg)
• Southern Oregon University has 159 solar panels installed on a campus library. (KDRV)

OIL & GAS:
• The Trump administration has downplayed potential threats to the environment from opening a national wildlife refuge in Alaska to drilling, according to a new analysis. (Huffington Post)
• The board overseeing the Alaska agency developing a $45 billion liquefied natural gas project fires its president. (Alaska’s Energy Desk)
• The BLM’s four busiest field offices in Wyoming will resume processing some drilling applications next week amid the partial government shutdown. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Oregon residents speak out against a proposed 229-mile pipeline and liquefied natural gas facility they worry will pollute local waterways. (The News-Review)

GRID:
• A Washington man is being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his development of grid technology used by almost every electrical utility in the country. (The Spokesman-Review)
• A former Montana utility regulator now heading an libertarian think tank talks about his vision for an integrated electricity market in the West. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Wyoming coal miners picket the Colorado headquarters of their bankrupt employer to protest efforts to cut retirees’ health insurance and benefits. (Denver Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A travel company in Hawaii buys three electric buses. (news release)

COMMENTARY: Despite its proposed name change, it’s important to remember that TransCanada builds pipelines, including the controversial Keystone XL, says a columnist. (Bloomberg)

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