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In California, momentum growing for PG&E takeover

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CALIFORNIA: A coalition of elected leaders in California is gaining support for a proposed plan to take over PG&E and its transmission system with a new governing body. (San Francisco Business Journal)

STORAGE:
Nevada regulators this week approved NV Energy’s plan for 1.2 GW of new solar backed by 590 MW of battery storage. (Greentech Media)
A new California Independent System Operator report says grid operators and policymakers must do more to develop “adequate reward mechanisms” for energy storage. (Utility Dive)

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COAL:
A federal judge accepts Wyoming coal operator Cloud Peak Energy’s disclosure statement and bankruptcy exit plan. (Billings Gazette)
All but one of the owners of the Colstrip Power Plant in Montana agree to a new six-year contract for the facility. (Billings Gazette)

OFFSHORE WIND: There is still hope for offshore wind in California, but development in the Southern part of the state is impeded by military considerations. (San Diego Union-Tribune) 

UTILITIES: Western utilities including PG&E are among those supporting FERC’s Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act despite concerns about the agency’s authority. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• As federal officials push to expedite drilling on public land, new rules in California seek to make it more difficult. (CalMatter)
A Carlsbad, New Mexico religious leader expresses his fears about the impact of the fossil fuel industry at the UN. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A Denver city councilman wants voters to give input on oil and gas; experts say it’s unlikely to happen. (Denver Business Journal, subscription) 

POLITICS: New Mexico’s top regulator says the state has put a hold on hiring which could make it hard to comply with the requirements in its Energy Transition Act. (Farmington Daily Times)

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POLICY: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis details his desire for 100 percent renewables and the role storage plays in achieving that goal. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:
A Trump 2020 advisor says energy is the key to Alaska’s economic future and must be defended. (Anchorage Daily News)
A Nevada environmental advocate says public land in Western states is governed by archaic laws that favor extractive industries, not people. (Las Vegas Sun)

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