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Oregon governor not giving up on cutting emissions

CLIMATE: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is assessing ways to use executive authority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions after a landmark climate bill failed in the state legislature this year. (Oregon Capital Bureau)

ALSO: As Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ends his presidential campaign, he urges a continued focus on climate change. (Vox)

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UTILITIES:
• The CEO of Arizona’s largest utility is retiring amid scrutiny over the company’s political spending as well as several deaths blamed on power cut-offs; meanwhile, regulators are refusing to release a third-party audit of the company’s finances. (Capitol Media Services, 12 News)
• PG&E’s chief executive makes a personal appeal to California lawmakers to issue $20 billion in bonds to help pay for wildlife damages, as investors note he could see as much as $110 million in compensation if the company’s stock price rebounds. (San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee)
• A front group for a California utility has withdrawn from regulatory proceedings about the future of natural gas in the state. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL:
• A Washington state appeals court upholds the rejection of a proposed coal export terminal along the Columbia River. (InsideClimate News)
• New Mexico regulators have not yet determined whether the state’s recently passed clean energy law will apply to proceedings to shut down the San Juan coal plant. (Albuquerque Journal)
• Virginia businessman Tom Clarke, who has made multiple efforts to buy bankrupt coal mines, appears to be the backup bidder in Cloud Peak’s Wyoming and Montana mine sales. (Wyoming Public Media)

GRID: A plan proposed by California regulators would create $100 million in energy storage incentives for areas most at risk from wildfires. (Greentech Media)

WIND: A southeast Alaska utility launches a study to determine the viability of wind energy in the region. (KRBD)

SOLAR:
• An eastern Washington solar and storage project will also serve as a training facility for workers. (KVEW)
• A Washington utility eliminates a $100 meter fee for solar installations. (Peninsula Daily News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Oregon now has 25,000 electric vehicles on the road, but is only halfway to its goal of 50,000 by next year. (KOIN)
• Nevada advocates urge state regulators to expand funding for an electric school bus pilot program. (Nevada Current)

OIL AND GAS:
• Local officials in western Colorado urge state regulators to consider geographical differences in implementing new regulations. (Grand Junction Sentinel)
• A new Wyoming study finds oil and gas development is having a greater impact on mule deer habitat than previously thought. (Casper Star Tribune)

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OVERSIGHT: A group of retired Bureau of Land Management employees are pushing back against relocation of the agency’s offices to the West, saying the plan would serve “only the short-term wants of locally powerful stakeholders.” (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: A Hawaii advocate says electric vehicles can help reduce the state’s high cost of living by reducing dependence on imported fossil fuels. (West Hawaii Today)

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