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EPA: Colorado a “serious” violator of federal air quality standards

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POLLUTION: The U.S. EPA downgrades Colorado from a “moderate” to a “serious” violator of federal air quality standards and gives the state until 2021 to come into compliance. (Colorado Independent)

PUBLIC LANDS: U.S. House Democrats are set to unveil a bill today tackling greenhouse gas emissions from drilling, mining, and other activities on public lands. (Reuters)

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SOLAR:
Controversies continue around California’s landmark home solar requirement for 2020 with two weeks left for builders to prepare. (Greentech Media)
A new study of 1,000 Utah solar customers may help state regulators decide rates of compensation for excess energy generation. (Deseret News)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E is at a crossroads in the wake of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s rejection of its latest bankruptcy plan and will struggle to meet some of Newsom’s demands, experts say. (San Francisco Chronicle, Greentech Media)
• As California considers options for PG&E, experts say publicly owned utilities are “not a panacea” but can produce customer benefits. (Energy News Network)
Wall Street is making millions from PG&E’s bankruptcy, and experts say utility ratepayers are likely to end up covering most of the costs. (KQED)
Activists protest at PG&E’s headquarters, demanding that Gov. Newsom take over the beleaguered utility. (San Francisco Chronicle, Bay City News Service)

OIL & GAS:
BP Exploration Alaska agrees to pay a $125,100 penalty to the EPA for inadequate insurance on hazardous waste. (Anchorage Daily News)
Alaska officials assure state lawmakers that they are closely scrutinizing the $5.6 billion sale of BP’s Alaska assets to Hilcorp. (Anchorage Daily News)
A ConocoPhillips employee’s alleged $7 million fraudulent work order scheme began to unravel because of an anonymous tip to the company’s security manager. (Anchorage Daily News)
Oklahoma-based WPX Energy will acquire Denver-based Felix Energy in a $2.5 billion deal that will add to the company’s Permian Basin holdings. (Denver Post)

UTILITIES:
San Diego Gas & Electric’s COO discusses how decisions that were unpopular at the time helped it prepare for wildfires and climate change. (Associated Press)
Xcel Energy natural gas costs in Colorado are expected to drop 25% for the next quarter compared to the same period one year ago. (Denver Post)

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WIND: Xcel Energy begins construction on a $900 wind farm near Portales, New Mexico. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Honolulu tech company Adnoviv Inc. receives a $150,000 grant to develop battery-operated technology for smart buildings. (Pacific Business News)

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