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Investigation raises doubts about Bloom fuel cells

GRID: An investigation finds that Bloom fuel cells, which have gained popularity as a backup power source in California, face a host of cost issues and are still far more expensive than renewable energy. (Forbes)

ALSO: New Mexico lawmakers advance a grid modernization bill, but reject a community solar plan. (New Mexico Political Report)

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COAL:
• A Navajo company agrees to waive its sovereign immunity in Wyoming, which allows state regulators to oversee two mines it recently acquired. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• A new report indicates retrofitting New Mexico’s San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology could put investors at risk for up to $450 million. (Utility Dive)
• Wyoming lawmakers are working on several bills to try to save coal plants facing retirement. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• The shutdown of the Navajo Generating Station has adversely impacted the City of Page, the Navajo Nation, and the Hopi Tribe economically. (Navajo Times)

CALIFORNIA: California wildfire victims could become PG&E’s biggest shareholders under a proposal by the utility to pay half of its settlement in company stock — but future fires would jeopardize payments. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

FOSSIL FUELS: Boulder County, Colorado is set to begin screening insurance companies it does business with for fossil fuel industry ties. (Longmont Times-Call)

OIL & GAS:
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon released an executive order to preserve wildlife migration routes while also protecting the state’s oil and gas industry. (Casper Star-Tribune)
The oil boom is feeling like a bust for shale exploration and production companies in the Permian Basin. (Bloomberg)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management’s Wyoming office walks back approval of an oil and gas well following complaints from several environmental organizations. (Wyoming Public Media)

SOLAR: Experts say California’s requirement to deliver more than 1 GW for new homes could be a “eureka moment” for the U.S. solar sector. (PV Magazine)

WIND: Wyoming lawmakers introduce a bill that would ban the disposal of wind turbine blades in the state. (Oil City News)

UTILITIES: Colorado’s Platte River Power Authority wants feedback from member communities as the utility develops a new integrated resource plan for its transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030. (Longmont Times-Call)

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NUCLEAR: PG&E’s offer of carbon-free power at no charge from its Diablo Canyon power plant to main rivals in Northern California is a deal breaker for nuclear-free zones like Berkeley. (KPIX)

COMMENTARY:
Nevada Hydro says its need for electricity storage is driven by continued population growth and the state’s legislated commitment to 100% renewable electricity sources by 2045. (Valley News)
• A Utah columnist says speculative oil and gas leasing is a threat to the state’s recreation economy. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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