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Feds push back on proposal to remove Snake River dams

HYDROPOWER: A federal report says Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River to boost salmon populations would destabilize the power grid. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: A new report finds California’s “ocean economy,” which includes offshore oil and gas extraction, faces serious threats from climate change. (Los Angeles Daily News)

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COAL: Using a procedural maneuver, a Wyoming Democrat defeats a proposal to move $12 million from the state budget to promote coal exports. (WyoFile)

EMISSIONS: Colorado’s complicated tax policy is making it harder for the state to crack down on greenhouse gas and toxic air emissions. (Colorado Independent)

TRANSMISSION: A California county may lose liability coverage of above-ground transmission lines extending from its hydroelectric sources to PG&E’s grid. (Union of Grass Valley)

OIL & GAS:
A new study indicates Colorado has probably underestimated emissions from wells along the state’s Front Range. (Denver Post)
• New Mexico continues to be plagued by oil and gas spills, particularly in the southeastern Permian Basin region where the industry is booming. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A ballot initiative that would increase taxes on Alaska’s oil industry surpassed the required signature threshold needed to appear before voters this year. (Anchorage Daily News)

PUBLIC LANDS: Questions are being raised about the energy potential of 1 million acres of land Wyoming may be acquiring. (Casper Star-Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Federal Express is installing  fast chargers at 42 of its California locations to handle 1,000 new electric delivery vans. (Inside EVs)

UTILITIES:
Santa Barbara, California’s city council votes unanimously to form a community choice energy program and join the California Choice Energy Authority. (Noozhawk)
Black Hills Energy announces the partners selected to supply an additional 2.5 megawatts of new community solar garden capacity in Southern Colorado. (Pueblo Chieftain)

SOLAR: Oregon regulators are leaving solar developers and Portland General Electric to work out a dispute that could threaten the launch of a long-awaited community solar program. (Portland Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
A California lawmaker says PG&E should be a publicly owned utility to end its terrible track record. (San Francisco Chronicle)
David Roberts says Oregon Republicans’ walkout over climate legislation mirrors growing anti-democratic sentiment in the national GOP. (Vox)
A Colorado state senator says local focus on natural gas keeps Coloradoans from identifying opportunities to take actions at home that benefit communities. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
A California author and broadcast journalist explores the state’s struggle with  nuclear energy and the implications for climate change. (Truthout)
A former Alaska mayor during the Exxon Valdez oil spill says attempts to weaken or dismantle the state’s oil spill prevention and response system would be unacceptable. (Anchorage Daily News)

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