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Nevada companies won’t evade new clean energy targets, lawmakers say

• Nevada lawmakers considering raising renewable energy standards want to find a way to make companies that have left the state’s largest electric utility meet any new targets. (Nevada Independent)
• Backed by environmental activists, Colorado Democrats are eyeing more regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, but the state’s oil and gas industry remains a powerful foe. (Colorado Sun)

• California’s attorney general says the state’s largest utility could face murder or manslaughter charges if investigators determine their equipment caused recent deadly wildfires. (CNN)
• Officials with California’s largest electric utility say they are “open to a range of solutions” being discussed by state regulators, including splitting it into separate companies to help ensure its operations are as safe as possible. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: A Washington-based nuclear venture chaired by Bill Gates has abandoned plans to build an experimental reactor in China as a result of new U.S. rules. (Reuters)

• Analysts predict 2019 will be another strong year for an Arizona company that makes thin-film solar panels. (Forbes)
• Officials in an Oregon county will soon consider a request by California company to build a 10 MW solar farm. (The Herald and News)

REGULATION: A new report shows that the EPA office that serves several Western states opened 53 percent fewer enforcement cases against polluters in 2018 than in 2017. (High Country News)

• Alaska gas line corporation officials are asking for more time to finalize a deal with three Chinese partners for a $43 billion liquefied natural gas project. (Anchorage Daily News)
• Colorado likely won’t experience a propane shortage as a result of a recent emergency measure put into place that is already boosting supplies, according to a state trade association. (Denver Post)

• An Oregon utility has asked California regulators for permission to charge local customers for upgrades being made to its coal plants in Colorado and Wyoming. (Los Angeles Times)
• One of Wyoming’s largest coal producers is at risk of being delisted by the New York Stock Exchange. (Casper Star Tribune)
• A bankrupt Colorado coal company has amassed more than $5 million in claims in Montana. (Billings Gazette)

• A contributing editor to High Country News says a recent climate change editorial by Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming is an example of “the sophistry we have come to expect from the petrocracy.”
• For a Green New Deal to work, the U.S. must end subsidies to fossil fuel industries, says an economist from Colorado State University. (Nature)


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