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Oregon Democrats to try again on climate legislation

CLIMATE: Oregon Democrats unveil new cap-and-trade legislation, which will likely again face stiff opposition despite efforts to compromise with rural lawmakers. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

ALSO:
Advocates protest an Arizona utility’s proposed rate increase for natural gas projects, saying the company isn’t moving fast enough to cut emissions. (Arizona Public Media)
Utah State University plans to release a plan this week outlining steps to cut carbon emissions 10% per year. (Utah Public Radio)

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WIND: South-central Montana is set to be a renewable energy powerhouse as wind developers line up projects in the region. (Billings Gazette)

CALIFORNIA:
A FEMA regional administrator blasted PG&E over its deal with California wildfire victims during a media conference call yesterday. (Associated Press)
Sonoma County, California is preparing legal action against PG&E over $725 million in losses from last year’s Kincade Fire and planned power outages. (San Francisco Chronicle)

COAL:
Experts say 2020 will be another record year for coal plant retirements, citing the closures of plants in Colorado and New Mexico. (Forbes)
Securitization is helping utilities transition from coal-fired generation in Montana, Colorado and New Mexico. (Utility Dive)

NATURAL GAS: California is among 16 states questioning the Trump administration’s plan to allow liquefied natural gas to be shipped by rail. (San Francisco Chronicle)

NUCLEAR: PG&E customers will pay $112.5 million annually through 2027 to shut down the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant if state regulators sign off on a recent settlement deal. (San Francisco Chronicle)

OVERSIGHT: A Marin County, California Assemblyman introduces a bill that would authorize the appointment of a public administrator to temporarily oversee the management of PG&E if necessary to protect public safety. (Marin Independent Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is looking to tech firms, ride-hailing companies, and state regulators for ideas on increasing electric vehicles in the nation’s transportation mix. (E&E Daily, subscription)
Hawaii Energy announces $400,000 in rebates for electric vehicle charging stations. (Pacific Business Journal)
Staybridge Suites in Las Cruces, New Mexico announces the installation of the “first smart networked electric vehicle charger” in the city. (Las Cruces Sun-News)

STORAGE:
Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory and Alaska’s Red Dog mine are cited in an exploration of what it would take for the U.S. to become an energy storage manufacturing powerhouse. (Greentech Media)
Glendale, California’s City Council approves a 25-year agreement to purchase energy from a solar-plus-storage project. (ColoradoBoulevard.net)

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OIL AND GAS:
Environmental groups file a lawsuit aiming to cancel oil and gas leases on federal lands in five Western states. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
New data indicates the number of jobs in the Permian Basin rose from 44,834 in 2009 to 87,641 in 2019, with crude extraction roles being the major contributor. (Austin Business Journal, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
A congressman representing western Colorado blames “heavy-handed legislation” for coal shutdowns that he says will devastate rural communities. (Craig Daily Press)
An editorial calls on Colorado’s governor to prioritize the state’s Just Transition office to help communities transitioning from coal. (Grand Junction Sentinel)
A Colorado dairy owner says renewable energy is having a positive impact on his agriculture business. (Greeley Tribune)

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