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Nevada still sees bright future for clean energy

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Nevada officials expect the state to rebound from the coronavirus crisis and meet its new standard to source half its electricity from renewables by 2030. (KUNR)

CALIFORNIA:
Critics are questioning whether PG&E will be able to rebuild its finances and make its power grid safer amid the coronavirus crisis. (Greentech Media)
California regulators could still revoke PG&E’s operating license despite approving the utility’s bankruptcy plan. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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OVERSIGHT: Records show a senior Interior Department official with a previous ethics violation abused his position to get his son-in-law a job with the EPA. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
A University of Texas oil and gas methane study of the Permian Basin could lead to stronger monitoring by New Mexico regulators. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A lawsuit over Colorado’s methane regulations by a group of local governments could set a new precedent. (E&E News, subscription)
Colorado oil and gas drilling rigs have decreased to six, the fewest in 28 years, because of increased regulation and financial difficulties. (Colorado Sun)

COAL: A Navajo Nation environmental activist running for New Mexico’s state senate is concerned about future coal mine and power plant closures and related site cleanup. (Farmington Daily Times)

SOLAR:
• The Department of Energy awards a $1.25 million grant to a solar company founded by a University of New Mexico professor to advance a technology that could add significant life to solar panels. (University of New Mexico Newsroom)
• A California school district’s newly-approved solar energy project is estimated to save around $5 million over 30 years. (Antelope Valley Press)

EFFICIENCY: A California winery reduces its carbon pollution by investing in efficiency and renewable energy. (Yale Climate Connections)

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WIND: A rural Colorado energy company is considering building a wind turbine assembly factory in a nearby community. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

COMMENTARY:
A Nevada editorial board criticizes the Trump administration for selling Western public lands to oil and gas companies and giving royalty payment breaks on existing wells. (Las Vegas Sun)
A Wyoming energy expert explains why the state should not open itself to the risk of idled or abandoned unbonded wells. (Casper Star-Tribune)
A former Alaska state senator explains why the state’s oil taxes should not be blamed for the decline of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. (Anchorage Daily News)

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