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FERC deals setback to Tri-State’s bid for federal oversight

UTILITIES: Colorado’s Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s plan for FERC regulation to avoid overlapping state regulations hits a snag as the agency rejects the utility’s proposed rates and tariffs as deficient. (Denver Post)

OIL & GAS:
Oil companies are pushing federal regulators to overturn a Washington state law to improve the safety of oil shipped by rail. (E&E News, subscription)
Local groups in Cordova, Alaska oppose a preliminary state decision that would allow oil and gas exploration along the Gulf of Alaska shore. (Cordova Times)

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PUBLIC LANDS:
The Trump administration opens up 725,000 acres of land in California’s Central Valley and Coast to oil and gas drilling, ending a prohibition on leases in the state. (Associated Press)
A federal judge rejects the Trump administration’s request to either toss or transfer a challenge to greater sage grouse habitat management plans. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES: Pre-construction work on the Keystone XL pipeline is expected to start this month in South Dakota and Montana. (Rapid City Journal)

SOLAR: PacifiCorp’s clean energy plan announced last week would increase Wyoming’s solar capacity by 1,300%. (PV Magazine)

UTILITIES:
Bankrupt California utility PG&E says it has more than $34 billion in debt financing commitments for reorganization, countering the proposed reorganization plan by a group of noteholders. (Reuters)
PG&E is to pay $65 million and implement system reforms after a California regulatory investigation found the utility repeatedly falsified internal records about its underground infrastructure. (San Francisco Chronicle)
California wildfire victims have less than three weeks to file claims as part of PG&E bankruptcy case, but as many as 70,000 eligible may not get any compensation. (New York Times)
A little more than 10,300 customers across three California counties were without power over the weekend from PG&E’s latest shutoff to reduce the risk of its power lines sparking wildfires. (San Francisco Chronicle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California officials say Tesla’s new Smart Summon driverless service, which allows owners to control their car with a smartphone, doesn’t count as “autonomous technology” and doesn’t require a permit. (Los Angeles Times)

EMISSIONS: A bill exempting rural Alaska from EPA emissions requirements for diesel generators was signed into law by President Trump. (KTUU) 

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ACTIVISM: An indigenous environmental advocacy group calls for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a climate emergency in a bid to stop the construction of a liquefied natural gas facility in Tacoma. (Spokesman-Review)

COMMENTARY:
An analysis of Eagle Specialty Materials’s purchase of two of Blackjewel’s Wyoming coal mines indicates the deal could be the beginning of the end of the “turbulent” bankruptcy. (WyoFile)
Salt Lake City, Utah’s mayor calls on Congress to support a carbon price. (Deseret News)
In order to satisfy states with tougher rules, Utah will sustain much of PacifiCorp’s remaining coal generation. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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