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Energy traders pulling in millions from California ratepayers

UTILITIES: An investigation finds that energy traders have pulled more than $866 million from California ratepayers over the past 10 years. (Sacramento Bee)

ALSO: Nevada utility NV Energy is suing a French company for $45 million, saying faulty materials are to blame for a string of equipment failures over the past nine years. (Nevada Independent)

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WIND: Hundreds of fiberglass wind turbine blades are being disposed of at a Wyoming landfill, but the operator says they’re preferable to oil field waste. (Bloomberg) 

SOLAR:
• The Northern Cheyenne tribe is awarded a $2 million federal grant for completion of a 2.6 MW solar farm in Montana. (Billings Gazette)
• A 36 MW solar farm is planned in northern Utah. (Standard-Examiner)

COAL:
• In a meeting over a proposal to install carbon capture on a New Mexico coal plant, a utility executive explains why the company had previously rejected the idea. (Farmington Daily Times)
• Cloud Peak Energy has requested a week’s delay of the scheduled auction and sales hearing of two Wyoming coal mines. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• An auction has been set for the assets of bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• Colorado regulators approve new oversight of oil and gas drilling in a contentious hearing that was disrupted by protests. (Denver Post, Westword)
Alaska Natives and environmental groups are suing the Trump administration, alleging that information is being withheld about the impacts of Arctic oil drilling. (Reuters)
Nevada state and regional conservation groups are calling for a review of the Interior Department‘s approval of a new oil well project, the first in almost two years, saying it should cover potential impacts on climate change. (Elko Daily Free Press)
An isolated village on Alaska’s oil-rich North Slope is set to profit from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling on its doorstep. (Anchorage Daily News)
Energy companies are expanding their stake in Alaska’s North Slope oil drilling as one major player calls it quits. (Anchorage Press)
A new Eddy County, New Mexico advisory board established in the wake of the area’s recent oil and gas boom is tasked with working with business and industry to create programs and solutions to address workforce demands. (Carlsbad Current Argus)
A worker died after a fire broke out at an oil and gas site in Weld County, Colorado. (Denver Post)

CLIMATE: Reno, Nevada’s city council unanimously signed off on a plan to combat climate change by focusing on sustainability and lowering emissions. (The Nevada Independent)

EFFICIENCY: Benchmarking and tracking have helped a Portland office building reduce its energy use 30 percent. (Portland Business Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A Washington utility is giving the public a chance to test drive the newest models of electric vehicles in an effort to get more electric vehicles on the road. (Auburn Reporter)
Washington residents who purchase new or used clean alternative fuel or plug-in hybrid vehicles are eligible for a tax exemption. (The Olympian)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: An Oregon program that recovers old fishing gear to be burned in a waste-to-energy plant marks its tenth year. (KPTV)

COMMENTARY: A journalist (and contributor to the Energy News Network) reflects on the prospects for a just transition in a Colorado coal town. (Mountain Town News)

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