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No end in sight for Oregon climate standoff

POLITICS: Oregon’s governor says she won’t negotiate with 11 Republicans who fled the state to avoid voting on a climate bill until they return. (Associated Press)

ALSO: It remains unclear how the walkout will affect the climate bill along with other pieces of legislation left in limbo. (The Oregonian)

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UTILITIES:
• A planned cryptocurrency data center in Colorado threatens to put state and local renewable goals further from reach, critics say. (Energy News Network)
• A California utility has completed less than half the land transactions it promised under a 2003 bankruptcy settlement, raising doubts about its pledge to conserve 140,000 acres. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• An Arizona utility asks regulators to reconsider its request to raise electric rates 95% over a seven-year phase in period for residents of a former copper mining town. (Arizona Daily Star)

SOLAR:
• Nevada’s largest utility will seek regulatory approval for 1.2 GW of new solar energy plus 590 MW of battery storage by 2023. (PV Tech)
• After a 2016 fire left it without power or water, the Spokane Tribe in Washington state invests in solar energy in hopes of lowering bills, creating jobs and increasing “energy sovereignty.” (Crosscut)
• A fire sparked by a bird at a California solar plant caused more than $8 million in damages. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE:
• The CEO of a California battery company talks about how they are using silicon in place of graphite to improve battery density. (Greentech Media)
• The owner of a Nevada mine says it contains enough lithium to increase domestic production sixfold within a few years. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES:
• The developer of a proposed liquefied natural gas project in Oregon says 82 percent of landowners along a 229-mile pipeline route have signed voluntary easements. (Portland Business Journal)
• The proposed sale of a California pipeline network is raising concerns about the potential owner’s ability to safely transport oil to several Bay Area refineries. (KQED)

OIL & GAS:
• New Mexico’s oil and gas industry submits its own plan to lower methane emissions at the encouragement of the governor. (Albuquerque Journal)
• Wyoming regulators cite a local oil and gas company for multiple air quality violations. (WyoFile)

COAL:
• The merger of Peabody and Arch Coal could bring much needed stability and efficiency to a historic coal basin in Wyoming, one analyst says. (Casper Star Tribune)
• A Wyoming board has decided to extend a $1.5 million grant to a “clean coal” research center. (Gillette News Record)

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NUCLEAR: A Washington nuclear plant goes back online, 41 days after a scheduled shutdown for maintenance. (Tri-City Herald)

COMMENTARY: A columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune says Utah should be preparing coal country for a future without coal instead of “futilely fighting to prolong the inevitable.”

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