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No takers for bankrupt coal mining company

COAL: A bankrupt Colorado coal company can’t find anyone to buy its assets including mines in Montana and Wyoming. (Billings Gazette)

ALSO:
• Wyoming lawmakers want to set aside money to sue Washington again over its efforts to block a proposed coal export terminal. (Casper Star Tribune)
• New Mexico regulators postpone a decision on whether to open formal proceedings to close a coal-fired power plant in the northwest part of the state. (Albuquerque Journal)

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PG&E BANKRUPTCY:
• California fire investigators clear PG&E of starting a deadly 2017 fire, a move that lessen the utility’s liability as it circles bankruptcy. (Greentech Media)
• Given California’s ambitious climate goals, PG&E may have a hard time finding a buyer for its natural gas assets. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The Volkswagen settlement is making electric vehicles more accessible to Sacramento’s low-income residents. (New York Times)
• Police in Fremont, California convert a Tesla Model S into a patrol car, which the department hopes will save  it thousands of dollars in gas money. (Electrek)

TRANSPORTATION: Citing increased fuel economy and the popularity of electric vehicles, Hawaii lawmakers file legislation to raise the state’s gas tax. (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

UTILITIES: The Colorado Energy Office seeks to intervene in a legal fight between an electric co-op and its wholesale power provider. (Montrose Daily Press)

POLITICS: The Arizona Republican party accuses the backers of a recent clean energy initiative of failing to file campaign reports on time, a claim the secretary of state refutes. (Phoenix New Times)

OIL & GAS: The panel that oversees oil and gas regulation in Idaho looks for a new member after its chairman resigns amid conflict of interest questions. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Ski resorts in Utah and California are among those reducing their carbon footprint in hopes of fighting climate and protecting their own future. (Axios)

COMMENTARY:
• PG&E’s fires, power failures, explosions and tragedies is proof that California utility regulators haven’t been doing their job, says a Stanford University professor. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke “will probably be remembered more for his hat collection, bluster, multiple scandals and ethics investigations and vacations taken on the taxpayer dime than for any policies he implemented, good or bad,” says a contributing editor to High Country News.

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