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FERC delays vote on Oregon natural gas export terminal

OIL & GAS: FERC delays voting on the controversial Jordan Cove liquified gas project in Oregon after the state rejects a key permit. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Oregon’s House passes a bill that will make it easier for utilities to recover costs for electric vehicle infrastructure. (Portland Business Journal)

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CALIFORNIA:
A California state senator has introduced bills aiming to prohibit tax deductions for PG&E’s wildfire settlements and protect critical facilities during power shutoffs. (Mercury News, Patch)
• A new report raises concerns that PG&E will utilize fossil fuel generators at 20 substations in Northern California where the utility plans to install microgrids. (Microgrid Knowledge)
• Officials in a rural California county discuss ways to improve grid reliability. (The Union)

CLIMATE:
Western voters increasingly see climate change as the most serious environmental problem, according to a new poll. (The Hill)
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) addressed questions on economic and political challenges in addressing climate change during a discussion with high school students. (Las Cruces Sun-News)

OVERSIGHT:
New Mexico state senators block a bill aiming to expand the state’s oversight authority on nuclear waste facilities. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
An Arizona House panel advances a proposal allowing the state’s governor to choose utility regulators instead of voters. (Capitol Media Services)

SOLAR:
• California regulators agree to allow developers to use a Sacramento utility’s off-site solar panels, easing up on the state’s rooftop solar requirement for new single family houses or low-rise apartments. (CalMatters)
• Several clean energy bills passed New Mexico’s 2020 legislative session, including one reinstating the state’s solar energy tax credit. (New Mexico Political Report, Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• The Los Angeles City Council approves a feasibility study exploring a partnership with the Navajo Nation for renewable energy and solar projects. (Farmington Daily Times)

COAL:
• U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) tells Wyoming legislators that carbon capture will be significant for the future. (Wyoming News Now)
• Wyoming’s House passes a bill that would set aside $1 million to market the state’s coal. (Wyoming News Now)
• Native Americans in northern Arizona continue looking for ways to stay warm after the closure of the Kayenta mine cut off a supply of coal. (Arizona Republic)

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HYDROPOWER: Alaska lawmakers consider reviving controversial plans for a 619 MW hydropower project. (Anchorage Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
An Oregon editorial board says Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s support for breaching four Snake River dams would do little to boost the salmon population. (Tri-City Herald)
The president of an Alaska consumer protection group questions the judgement of state regulators in delaying deciding on whether Hilcorp’s request to shield its financials from the Alaskan public. (Anchorage Daily News)

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