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Idaho’s GOP governor acknowledges climate change

CLIMATE: Idaho’s newly-sworn in Republican governor says climate change is real and “reversing it is going to be a big darn job.” (Associated Press)

PG&E BANKRUPTCY:
• As PG&E teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, other California utilities are looking less attractive to investors worried about the state’s climate change woes. (Bloomberg)
• San Francisco’s municipal utility is considering buying PG&E’s electrical assets in the city to ensure the smooth delivery of power in the wake of the company’s planned bankruptcy filing. (Utility Dive)
• Some southern California officials and environmental advocates are worried PG&E’s bankruptcy might affect the decommissioning time table for nuclear plant. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

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SOLAR:
• San Diego has a lot of room left for large-scale solar projects, according to a recent site survey compiled by a California nonprofit. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Four solar projects have been proposed to be developed on federal land in northwest Nevada. (Nevada Appeal)
• Installation of residential solar rooftop systems by Hawaii’s biggest utilities increased by five percent from 2017 to 2018. (Maui Now)

RENEWABLES: Student activists at the University of California are leading its efforts to become the first large university system to get all of its energy from renewable sources. (University of California)

OIL & GAS:
• Idaho’s governor accepts the resignation of the state’s top oil and gas regulator who disclosed he purchased stock in a company connected to another local driller. (Idaho Statesman)
• The Arizona congressman who chairs the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee is requesting Interior Department employees quit working on oil and gas lease sales in Alaska and other states during the government shutdown. (Associated Press)
• Attorneys for the federal government have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Montana conservation group which claims a panel reviewing royalty policies is stacked with industry insiders. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• A struggling Wyoming coal company lays the groundwork to try to protect itself from a hostile takeover. (Wyoming Public Media)
• Environmental groups file a lawsuit against the Interior Department over its approval of a Montana coal mine expansion. (Courthouse News Service)

COMMENTARY:
• California should shift responsibility for providing power from PG&E to local communities, says an assistant professor of ecology at the University of California Davis. (CALmatters)
• The Colorado Supreme Court’s recent ruling that oil and gas regulators don’t have to prioritize the impact of drilling on health and the environment over other considerations is “ludicrous,” says the editorial board of Sentinel Colorado

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