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Oregon could see repeat of Republican climate walkout

CLIMATE: As Oregon Republicans threaten to walk out of the state legislature over climate legislation again, Gov. Kate Brown tries to reach a compromise. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

ALSO: More than 50 Colorado environmental groups are demanding more aggressive climate action from Gov. Jared Polis’ administration. (Colorado Public Radio) 

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PG&E faces a barrage of criticism during a nearly three-hour meeting on the utility’s planned power shutoffs in a central California county. (Lake County Record-Bee)
A California electrical union representing roughly half of PG&E’s 23,000 employees continues to push back against calls for a public takeover of the bankrupt utility. (San Francisco Chronicle)

• Public Service Company of New Mexico says draft federal guidance documents for carbon capture tax credits don’t change its past analysis of the San Juan Generating Station. (Farmington Daily Times)
• Puget Sound Energy filed an application with Washington regulators to sell part of its holdings in the Colstrip Power Plant in Montana. (Mercer Island Reporter)
• Wyoming lawmakers say their efforts to boost coal are about economic survival for the state. (Wyoming Public Media)

HYDROPOWER: The federal government has agreed to reimburse California for most of the $1.1 billion it cost to repair Oroville Dam’s damaged spillway. (San Francisco Chronicle)

NATURAL GAS: Experts say Wyoming’s natural gas industry is struggling with a tax rate on energy production that is not competitive with other states. (Cowboy State Daily)

New Mexico Democratic Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, who represents the area of the state experiencing a record breaking oil boom, is against a bill to ban fracking nationwide. (Albuquerque Journal)
Denver-based oil company Cimarex Energy Co. is tying executive pay to cutting emissions and flaring. (Denver Business Journal, subscription)

Legal analysts say Gov. Jared Polis’ nominee to the state’s Public Utilities Commission has too many conflicts of interest to be an effective regulator. (Denver Post)
An investigation reveals that Montana regulators have been spying on each other as the commission became increasingly dysfunctional in the past year. (Billings Gazette)

The U.S. Interior Department has published new environmental studies in a bid to justify easing restrictions on energy development, mining, and grazing in Western states inhabited by declining sage grouse. (Associated Press)
The BLM announces it’s pulling two controversial leases for potential oil and gas development at Utah’s Moab Sand Flats area. (Deseret News)

A California infrastructure development company has developed a combination energy storage and desalination plant that could serve Orange County. (Orange County Register)
A new study finds that Utah’s energy industry is among the most robust in the nation, stimulating new opportunities for renewables. (Deseret News)

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TRANSMISSION: Two New Mexico counties are fighting a proposed wind energy transmission line, claiming the project could disrupt tourism. (Associated Press)

A California columnist reflects on the earliest years of light and power in Sonoma County before PG&E. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
An investigative reporter gives seven reasons why a bill pushing for a state takeover of PG&E isn’t the slam dunk it appears to be. (Orange County Register)
A Powder River Basin Resource Councilperson expresses support for the opportunities presented in the state’s planned transition from coal. (WyoFile)
A Montana renewable energy advocate says state attorney general Tim Fox’s lawsuit against Washington state over a major coal export project is a waste of taxpayer’s money. (Billings Gazette)

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