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Colorado lawmakers propose extensive oil and gas reforms

OIL & GAS: Colorado lawmakers announce a sweeping plan to give cities more local control over drilling decisions while refining the mission of the agency in charge of regulating the oil and gas industry. (Denver Post)

ALSO:
• Federal land managers proceed with a major oil and gas lease sale in Wyoming over objections from conservation groups worried about the impact of drilling on local wildlife habitat. (Reuters)
• Federal energy regulators will postpone the final environmental review of a $43 billion liquefied natural gas project in Alaska. (Alaska’s Energy Desk)
• As the Wyoming legislative session winds down, political leaders say they want to take a “holistic approach” to modernizing state oil and gas rules before the next session begins. (Casper Star Tribune)

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COAL: Negotiations have stalled between the owners of an Arizona coal plant and a Navajo energy company interested in buying the facility, jeopardizing a potential deal to keep the plant open. (Arizona Republic)

UTILITIES:
• Officials with California’s largest utility said it’s “probable” that its equipment started a deadly wildfire that decimated the city of Paradise. (National Public Radio)
• The city of Las Vegas is considering dropping Nevada’s largest utility as its power provider. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

POLITICS:
• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will announce his candidacy for president today at a Seattle solar farm, illustrating his focus on fighting climate change. (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
• New Mexico’s land commissioner takes to social media to air grievances against the state’s oil and gas industry. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

SOLAR:
• California’s largest county has banned the construction of large renewable energy projects on about one million acres of land. (Los Angeles Times)
• A San Francisco company cements its standing as the nation’s leading residential solar and storage installer by posting a third record quarter to finish the year. (Greentech Media)

TRANSMISSION: Four Alaska energy providers ask state regulators for permission to form a transmission-only utility. (Daily Energy Insider)

BIOFUELS: A Southern California gas provider has asked state regulators for permission sell renewable natural gas. (City News Service)

COMMENTARY: Montana lawmakers shouldn’t exempt the state’s largest utility from rules protecting ratepayers, says the editorial board of the Billings Gazette.

 

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