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Microgrid market could get a jolt from PG&E’s planned investment

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MICROGRIDS: PG&E’s pursuit of the biggest U.S. microgrid portfolio ever could reverse the slowdown of the U.S. microgrid market this year. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIFICATION: Apartment complexes in California and Utah are cited as prime examples of all-electric and ultra-efficient building communities. (GreenBiz)

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PERMIAN BASIN:
U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette says the Permian oil slowdown is likely a temporary “pause” and that growth will eventually resume. (Houston Chronicle)
A report from 15 global environmental groups warns that oil and gas expansion in Texas and New Mexico is on pace to put global climate goals out of reach. (New Mexico Political Report)
Two counties in New Mexico’s Permian Basin accounted for 90% of the state’s overall gross receipts tax revenue growth this budget year. (Hobbs News Sun)

OIL & GAS:
This year marked a turning point for Colorado’s oil and gas industry after the Democratic-controlled legislature passed sweeping reforms protecting public health and the environment. (Denver Business Journal, subscription)
Milliken, Colorado, residents are hoping a potential KerrMcGee natural gas compressor station doesn’t move forward. (Greeley Tribune)
Experts are skeptical of the EPA’s rule allowing oil and gas operators to ‘self-audit’ on emissions, citing the failures of Utah’s extraction industry. (Deseret News)

UTILITIES: California Gov. Gavin Newsom and PG&E disagree over a clause that could allow the state to take over the bankrupt utility if it fails to meet performance and safety metrics. (Los Angeles Times)

STORAGE: Nevada fines Nevada Energy $100,000 for failing to comply with orders to set aside $10 million for energy storage system incentives. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COAL:  
Wyoming’s utility regulator is scrutinizing PacifiCorp’s accelerated switch to renewables as coal still fuels 85% of the power generated in the state. (Financial Times)
Conservationists threaten to sue Colorado company Arch Coal over its alleged failure to comply with federal Clean Air Act requirements. (Daily Sentinel)
Enchant Energy hopes to partner with New Mexico colleges to study possible storage wells for carbon dioxide as part of its goal to keep the San Juan Generating Station open after 2022. (Farmington Daily Times)
Wyoming’s legislature takes steps to collect delinquent tax money from coal companies, but some Wyoming lawmakers fear draft bills to correct weaknesses  in tax laws and worker protections could be too much regulation. (County 17, Wyofile)

TRANSPORTATION: President Trump’s acting Office of Management and Budget director accuses automakers of “trying to have their cake and eat it too” in backing California on auto fuel efficiency standards. (Washington Examiner)

CLEAN ENERGY: California is cited in a new report which finds that the transition to clean energy in the U.S. is driven by cities, states, and corporations. (Solar Energy World)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The chair of California’s Energy Commision says electric school buses will be the school bus of the future, and Sacramento’s Twin Rivers Unified School District is leading the way. (KCRA)

COMMENTARY:
A California editorial board says PG&E has blatantly ignored demands for accountability and structural change and the state should use the power it has over the utility. (Los Angeles Times)
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is wildly inaccurate in claiming there are now more jobs in solar than in oil in Bakersfield, an energy industry advocate says. (Bakersfield Californian)
A Larimer County, Colorado, official says commissioners will carefully weigh oil and gas regulations. (Coloradoan)

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