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Oregon denies permit for natural gas export terminal

OIL & GAS: Oregon denies a key permit for the controversial Jordan Cove liquified gas project, saying it would have significant adverse effects on the state’s coastal economy. (The Oregonian)

Democratic delegates from New Mexico continue to oppose a federal fracking ban proposal. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
New Mexico Republicans issued warnings about the dangers of dependence on oil and gas during a debate on the state’s main budget bill. (New Mexico Political Report)

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• Arizona’s governor is expected to sign a bill barring cities from imposing natural gas bans in new buildings. (Reuters)
California’s energy regulator is scheduled to vote today on approving all-electric new homes and buildings construction policies for nine cities. (Renewable Energy Magazine)

A federal judge says PG&E has prioritized greed over safety, saying he believes California wildfires could have been prevented had the utility upgraded and maintained its electrical system. (Associated Press)
• Northern California state and local officials say PG&E’s power grid maintains significant vulnerabilities, and new solutions are needed for the area’s energy systems. (The Union of Grass Valley)

• California’s rooftop solar requirement for new new single family houses or low-rise apartments could change if an electric utility in Sacramento wins a widely watched case. (Associated Press)
• A new report indicates solar jobs in Colorado increased by nearly 5% in 2019 to a total of 7,174 employees after losses over the previous two years. (Denver Post)

CLIMATE: Oregon Senate Democrats released new estimates showing fairly mild impacts on households from proposed cap and trade policy. (The Oregonian)

• Proposed legislation in Wyoming would impose new low-carbon electricity generation standards, encouraging utilities to equip coal-fired power plants with carbon capture systems to reduce emissions. (Wyoming Public Media, Casper Star-Tribune)
• The Navajo Transitional Energy Company has reached an agreement to pay $44 million in back taxes for coal production at its two recently acquired Wyoming coal mines. (Associated Press)
• Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ policy director is to head a new office created to help communities and workers transition from coal as plants and mines close. (Denver Post)
• Two communities in Utah’s coal country have been awarded $75,000 grants to help strengthen local economic development. (Deseret News)

BIOMASS: A Colorado bill aims to establish a renewable natural gas standard requiring large gas utilities to source a percentage of the fuel they supply from renewable resources. (Biomass Magazine)

Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over plans for a gas field in Wyoming they say would endanger antelope in Grand Teton National Park. (Associated Press)
BP’s collaboration with Colorado to offset wildlife impacts from natural gas drilling in the Southwestern part of the state is set to conclude this year. (Durango Herald)

WIND: Developers say areas off California’s Central Coast deemed compatible with U.S. military operations wouldn’t have enough space to create a viable offshore wind market. (Greentech Media)

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TRANSPORTATION: Golden Colorado-based tech company Outrider is giving the public a look at one of its autonomous electric yard trucks. (Denver Post)

Sacramento Municipal Utility District makes a case for state regulators approving its proposal to give builders the option to connect to the utility’s own local solar farms. (Utility Dive)
A California home builder says the state must recognize that there is more than one way to use the sun to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (CalMatters)
A candidate for Montana’s Public Service Commission says current members have allowed Northwestern Energy to double its profits over the past 5 years at the expense of ratepayers. (Missoula Current)
A California electrical union official says there are lessons for the state to learn from New York utility Long Island Power Authority in taking over PG&E. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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