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GEOTHERMAL: California regulators consider whether geothermal energy can be more valuable than solar in terms of emissions reductions, despite its much higher initial cost. (Utility Dive)

COAL: The Navajo Transitional Energy Company says it has reached an agreement with the federal government over $10 million in unpaid taxes from mining its newly acquired Wyoming and Montana mines. (Wyoming Star-Tribune)

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CALIFORNIA:
California’s senate passes a bill meant to make PG&E and other large investor-owned electric companies in the state financially liable for planned power shutoffs. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Experts say Californians are living in a new era of “extreme” red flag warnings driven by climate change. (NBC Bay Area)
San Diego Gas & Electric is prioritizing system hardening, vegetation management, and community outreach in managing wildfires. (Transmission & Distribution World)

PIPELINES: Two environmental groups are planning a lawsuit against the federal government aiming to stop a proposed 50-mile natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming. (Associated Press)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico is accepting comments on its oil and gas lease sale of 102 parcels in the state and Texas scheduled for May 21. (news release) 

NATURAL GAS: Natural gas drilling company Southland Royalty, which conducts the majority of its business in New Mexico and Wyoming, has filed for bankruptcy. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)

UTILITIES: Pueblo, Colorado’s city council tables a proposed agreement with Black Hills Energy that would the creation of a municipal utility. (KOAA)

SOLAR:
A New Mexico bill aiming to reinstate a solar tax credit passed its first committee. (New Mexico Political Report)
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is partnering with Juwi for four new solar projects in Colorado. (news release)

CLIMATE: Imperial Beach, California is among localities across the U.S. facing legal challenges over lawsuits arguing that climate-induced extreme weather linked to fossil fuel companies has caused billions in property damage and huge remediation costs. (InsideClimate News)

BIOFUELS: The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is researching algae strains that could be useful for renewable biofuels. (Tri-City Herald)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Nevada is offering rebates to convert older wood-burning stoves to new EPA-certified clean heating technologies. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
A Napa Valley, California climate advocacy organization says electric mobility and secure sun fuel sources will be vital to decarbonize the area. (Napa Valley Register)
A New Mexico homebuilder says it’s time to start thinking about transitioning away from natural gas. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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