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Emissions up in California despite cap-and-trade program

CLIMATE: An analysis of state data reveals that emissions have been increasing from California’s biggest oil and gas companies since the state’s cap-and-trade program was implemented. (ProPublica)

PIPELINES: Montana lawmakers representing Native American tribal members want the public comment period for the environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline extended, saying tribes were not properly consulted. (Reuters)

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom is under increasing pressure for the state to take over PG&E and run it as a public utility. (Los Angeles Times)
PG&E justifies plans to drain a Northern California reservoir, saying the costs to repair a canal damaged by storms exceed the economic benefit of hydropower produced there. (Redding Record Searchlight)
A public agency supplying renewable energy to two Northern California counties will explore public ownership of PG&E utility lines. (Press Democrat)
Lafayette, California officials criticize PG&E’s failure to turn up to a city council meeting to address concerns about an expansion project in a residential area. (East Bay Times)
California fire officials confirm backup power generators sparked fires or sickened people with carbon monoxide poisoning during PG&E’s planned blackouts. (San Francisco Chronicle)
California authorities are warning residents about new scams targeting PG&E customers’ financial and personal information. (Sacramento Bee)

TRANSMISSION: A coalition files a federal lawsuit seeking to block a proposed transmission line in Eastern Oregon. (Baker City Herald)

STORAGE: The Salt River Project is set to build Arizona’s biggest battery on the power grid as part of its pledge to add 1,000 megawatts of solar to its supply by 2025. (Arizona Republic)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management withdraws oil and gas leases proposed on about 4,200 acres of Colorado public land after a judge blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to ease greater sage grouse protection. (Denver Post)

Tesla shares skyrocketed yesterday from a rare quarterly profit for investors, surpassing General Motors Co as the most valuable car company in the United States. (Reuters)
The Nevada Electric Highway added its first Interstate 15 electric vehicle charging station, about 30 miles south of Las Vegas. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Pitkin County, Colorado commissioners approved a land-use application for an 18,000-panel solar farm. (Aspen Daily News)
Officials in Santa Fe, New Mexico aim to clear up ambiguity and conflicting language in rules about rooftop solar installations in its five historic districts. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
Utah Clean Energy is celebrating the 1,000th home to go solar under a community-led program in Salt Lake County. (Deseret News)

A former New Orleans official says there are disaster management lessons for California to learn from Hurricane Katrina, namely investment in its electrical grid. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A public lands campaigner says a proposed $1.5 billion railway which could purportedly quadruple oil production in Utah’s Uinta Basin will prevent progress in rural communities. (Deseret News)
A Northwestern Energy official says a unit at the Colstrip plant is vital to meeting customers’ energy needs during peak demand. (Helena Independent Record)

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