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UTILITIES: A rate case before Colorado regulators will delve into thorny questions of how much customers should pay for Xcel Energy’s past investments in fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
Xcel Energy files a request with Colorado regulators to make a residential time-of-use rate permanent. (Utility Dive)
A new San Diego regional energy program is set to file with California regulators, making it the second-largest community choice aggregation program in the state. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
A county official in California pushes a resolution asserting utilities should have the freedom to select how best to achieve “balanced energy solutions” that cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Desert Sun)

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OIL & GAS:
Alaska Native corporation Dayon is partnering with Hilcorp in search of oil and natural gas on its lands in the state’s Interior. (Anchorage Daily News)
New Mexico’s state budget surplus is bolstered by the Permian Basin’s continued oil boom despite slightly lowered projections for next year’s oil revenue. (Associated Press, Santa Fe New Mexican)
Experts say oil production in Colorado could reach record levels again next year despite uncertainty about prices, technology, and new regulations. (Denver Post)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E expects to take an additional $4.9 billion charge in connection with its $13.5 billion settlement with California wildfire victims. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom must decide by Friday if the settlement complies with a new state wildfire law he championed. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Auditors say PG&E created a fraud risk by not tracking diverted undergrounding money. (KTVU)
A California Central Coast public agency is setting aside $25 million for low-interest loans to support backup power generation for area facilities providing critical public services. (Monterey County Weekly)

COAL:
Much of the recently-approved plan to decommission New Mexico’s San Juan Generating Station is now in limbo in the wake of state regulatory hearings. (Associated Press)
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon is still considering suing Washington over the state blocking construction of the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Pend Oreille County, Washington commissioners reject a proposed zoning change that would have cleared the way for a new silicon smelter. (Spokesman-Review)

PIPELINES: The chair of the Oregon legislature’s infrastructure committee speaks out against the proposed $10 billion Jordan Cove liquified gas project in a campaign email. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOMASS: Operators of a Eugene, Oregon sawmill say their “no twig wasted” biomass generation sends enough electricity to power 13,000 homes back to the grid. (Register-Guard)

ELECTRIFICATION: The head of New Mexico’s largest electricity provider is to speak at the UN about how U.S. utilities are dealing with the transition away from fossil fuels for electricity generation. (Associated Press)

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TECHNOLOGY: An energy consultant discusses the plan to establish Campbell County, Wyoming as the premier place for advanced carbon technologies. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: The head of a California non-profit trade association says California cannot fix PG&E by retreating on renewable energy goals. (CalMatters)

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