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Oregon court rejects youth climate lawsuit

CLIMATE: An Oregon appeals court has rejected a lawsuit filed by children who say the state isn’t doing enough to fight climate change. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Carbon emissions are up everywhere, including California, where dry conditions prompted the state to turn to gas plants when hydropower dwindled. (Grist)

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UTILITIES:
• California regulators will soon conduct a financial stress test on the state’s largest utility to better understand how much more wildfire liability it can take on and continue operating. (Bloomberg)
• California’s new governor says the state needs a “healthy” utility that’s able to invest in the future. (Bloomberg)
• A judge issues a proposed order restricting PG&E from using power lines deemed unsafe during the upcoming wildfire season. (Reuters)
Nevada’s largest utility has filed a lawsuit against state regulators, accusing them of engaging in “unlawful and impermissible ad hoc rulemaking” that reduced federal corporate taxes owed on its power plants and other major capital investments. (Nevada Independent)

OIL & GAS:
• Facing criticism for working on the Trump administration’s pro-drilling agenda during the partial government shutdown, the BLM cancels several public meetings on plans to open a national wildlife refuge in Alaska to energy development. (Anchorage Daily News)
• Colorado’s midstream operators are bracing for new restrictions after a wave of Democrats take state offices. (Colorado Sun)

EFFICIENCY: Oregon’s low-income residents face an “energy affordability gap” of about $350 million a year, but energy efficiency measures can dramatically reduce the cost burden, according to a new state report. (Pamplin Media Group)

NUCLEAR: Despite recent reports to the contrary, federal regulators said there’s virtually no way a leak from a shuttered southern California nuclear plant could jeopardize public safety or the local economy. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

POLITICS:
• Wyoming’s new governor pledges to keep fighting on behalf of the state’s coal producers to allow overseas exports. (Associated Press)
• New Mexico’s land commissioner plans to push legislation raising royalty caps for oil and gas production on state trust lands. (Associated Press)
• California billionaire Tom Steyer, who has recently backed clean energy initiatives in Arizona and other states, has decided not to run for president. (Reuters)

SOLAR: California’s new solar rooftop mandate might not have a huge impact on reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions but it does illustrate the political will for clean energy. (Fast Company)

RENEWABLES:
• Other states are looking to California for advice on how to adopt ambitious clean energy targets. (Los Angeles Times)
• A fourth Utah city pledges to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. (North American Windpower)

WIND: Residents who live near a proposed wind farm in Montana are organizing to oppose the project. (MTN News)

COMMENTARY: As Hawaii moves toward its clean energy goals, it’s crucial the state grows in a way that is clean, equitable and resilient, says the state climate change coordinator. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

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