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Los Angeles details plans for a hydrogen-fueled power plant

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CLEAN ENERGY: Citing a need to “move as quickly as technological innovation will take us” on climate change, Los Angeles officials reveal plans to transition a Utah natural gas plant to run on 100% renewable hydrogen by 2045. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: A proposal before Portland, Oregon’s city council today would decrease the Portland Clean Energy Fund by roughly $10 million annually by redefining “large retailer” and adding exemptions. (Portland Business Journal)

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CALIFORNIA:
PG&E will be able to avoid two legal obstacles that could have tripped up its efforts to bounce back from bankruptcy if its $13.5 billion California wildfire settlement is approved. (Associated Press)
San Jose’s City Council unanimously votes to support a proposal to convert PG&E into a customer-owned cooperative. (Mercury News)
California Senator Scott Wiener’s push to break up PG&E has labor groups fearing a loss of jobs, fracturing their support of a major housing bill Weiner wants to revive. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A new poll indicates Californians want to end PG&E’s operations as they exist now. (Los Angeles Times)
Nevada Irrigation District officials are set to consider steps to gain local control of electrical distribution from PG&E during their meeting and public hearing today. (Gold Country Media)
PG&E is to explore the feasibility of utilizing Humboldt Bay Generating Station to maintain power for portions of the county during future Public Safety Power Shutoffs. (press release)
PG&E is removing 14 generators from its Calistoga, California substation. (Napa Valley Register)

OIL & GAS: Environmental advocates and oil and gas industry officials are likely to clash over Colorado’s new emissions rules poised to be written next week. (Colorado Independent)

COAL: NorthWestern Energy is set to increase its share in Montana’s Colstrip power plant by buying out Puget Sound Energy for $1. (Billings Gazette)

HYDROPOWER: The last in a series on cities that produce more renewable power than they consume explores how controversy over hydropower politicized Aspen, Colorado’s 100% renewables goal. (Utility Dive)

OFFSHORE WIND: An Oregon county is considering an offshore wind energy proposal that could bring thousands of jobs to the state’s south coast. (Curry Coastal Pilot)

SOLAR: An analysis examines flow battery technology as a potential rival to lithium-ion, citing Oregon-based long-duration energy storage solutions company ESS. (CNBC)

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PIPELINES: The 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline hits a milestone of 18 billion barrels pumped from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. (KTUU) 

COMMENTARY:
A former California utilities regulator and a trade association official detail how the state can break its cycle of wildfires, blackouts, and electricity rate hikes. (CalMatters)
Salt Lake City, Utah Mayor Jackie Biskupski explains why she asked Congress to support a 100 percent clean economy for all Americans. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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