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Inslee seeks to build on ‘momentous’ climate effort in Washington state

EMISSIONS: Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and conservation groups want more action from state lawmakers towards aggressively reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (Investigate West)

CALIFORNIA: PG&E is reportedly close to a deal with a group of bondholders giving them new concessions if they scrap a rival restructuring plan. (Bloomberg)

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ADVOCACY: Colorado lawmakers disagree on whether 38 climate protestors should have been arrested last week for delaying Gov. Jared Polis’s State of the State speech in the Capitol. (Denver Post)

PUBLIC LANDS:
Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration over its fracking plans for public lands in California, citing an inadequate federal analysis on environmental and health impacts. (The Hill)
A new report finds that the U.S. Interior Department’s push for energy dominance is locking the West into boom-and-bust economic cycles with oil and gas and mining. (Wyoming Public Media)

POLLUTION: The EPA is set to accept Utah’s plan to control regional haze, potentially withdrawing a 2016 federal plan for addressing nitrous oxide pollution from two coal-fired power plants. (Deseret News)

COAL:
New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission is calling for additional hearings this month on San Juan Generating Station’s replacement power. (Durango Herald)
A new Western Organization of Resource Councils report raises concerns over who pays for coal mining cleanups. (Montana Public Radio)
Blackjewel attorneys accuse ousted CEO Jeffery Hoops of transferring tens of millions of dollars out of the company to benefit other family enterprises in possibly fraudulent ways. (WyoFile)

OIL & GAS:
The Trump administration is delaying its Arctic Refuge oil and gas development leasing plans to strengthen its legal case. (Anchorage Daily News)
Kern County, California oil industry officials say Gov. Gavin Newsom’s goal to be free of fossil fuels by 2045 is stifling the county’s economic future. (Bakersfield Now)
The EPA has fined PBF Energy $125,000 for chemical safety and risk-management violations at its Torrance Refinery in California. (Daily Breeze)
A group seeking changes to Alaska’s oil tax credit system says it has enough signatures to put its initiative on the ballot. (Anchorage Daily News)
Encore Green Environmental has been granted a one-time permit from Wyoming’s Department of Environmental Quality to apply treated wastewater from oil drilling to farming operations. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle, subscription)

PERMIAN BASIN:
The Bureau of Land Management continues oil and gas leasing on lands in the Permian Basin proposed for protections. (New Mexico Political Report)
Records show that New Mexico only lost one oil and gas rig last year despite considerable losses in the Permian Basin, the U.S.’ most active oilfield. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A New Mexico state lawmaker is proposing a four-year ban on new fracking permits in the state. (Albuquerque Journal)

UTILITIES: Officials in a California county say community choice aggregation has saved residents $18 million annually, and cut 105,000 metric tons of carbon emissions since launching in 2016. (The Almanac Online)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Oregon lawmakers will try again to have a waste-to-energy plant declared a renewable energy source. (Salem Reporter)

SOLAR: Construction begins on a 98 MW solar array in the desert east of San Diego. (PV-Tech)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Roseville, California’s city council will vote today on whether to pay $200,000 to a nonprofit to teach the city’s auto dealers about electric vehicles. (Sacramento Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: A Napa Valley Vineyard owner makes a case for ratepayer control of PG&E. (Napa Valley Register)

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