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FERC approves controversial Oregon natural gas export terminal

OIL & GAS: FERC has approved the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal in Oregon along with a 230-mile feeder pipeline, but state permit denials still stand. (The Oregonian, Oregon Public Broadcasting)

ALSO:
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is to hold a special session to deal with the state’s budget situation from oil and gas market volatility and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (New Mexico Political Report)
Two counties in New Mexico’s Permian Basin are already being impacted economically by efforts to mitigate plummeting oil prices and COVID-19. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
ConocoPhillips’ deployment of a massive rig known as “The Beast” on Alaska’s North Slope was delayed after a module slid partly off a main gravel road west of Prudhoe Bay on Wednesday. (Anchorage Daily News)
• Wyoming’s largest natural gas producer has agreed to additional one-time bonuses to six executives amidst a downturn for the company. (Wyoming Public Media)

CALIFORNIA:
Utilities supplying California with power have plans in place to keep electricity and gas running while the COVID-19 pandemic runs its course. (Los Angeles Times)
PG&E reports that roughly 12,000 customers in Northern California are still without power after a snowstorm caused “significant” damage to the utility’s equipment. (Sacramento Bee)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla finally agrees to cooperate with a local shutdown order to prevent spread of COVID-19 and will suspend operations at its Bay Area plant at the end of the day Monday. (New York Times)

EMISSIONS: Atmos Energy’s pipe replacement program aims to decrease greenhouse gas emissions throughout Colorado along with increasing the safety and reliability of its natural gas system. (Durango Herald)

RENEWABLES: Hawaiian Electric’s new CEO says the state cannot get to 100% renewable energy by 2045 with only rooftop solar. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

NUCLEAR: Wyoming’s legislature passes a bill that will allow retiring coal and natural gas electric generation plants to be replaced with small modular nuclear reactors. (Gravel2Gavel)

COAL: Wyoming’s Buckskin Coal Mine announces 60 employees have been laid off due to deteriorating market conditions for coal. (Casper Star-Tribune)

STORAGE: Lead batteries that have very little risk of catching fire could be a selling point in places like California where the demand for residential battery storage systems is growing. (Utility Dive)

HYDROGEN: California’s hydrogen refuelling stations will remain open for business during the COVID-19 crisis. (H2 View)

ACTIVISM: A California consumer organization meets with Gov. Gavin Newsom, hoping to convince him to completely ban oil and gas drilling in the state. (University of California, Santa Barbara Daily Nexus)

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