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Oregon governor vows “aggressive action” on climate change

CLIMATE: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is preparing an executive order to cut the state’s climate impacts, vowing “aggressive action” after the state legislature adjourned abruptly in wake of Republican walkout. (Oregon Capital Bureau)

ALSO: A new poll of Intermountain West residents finds that 56% of Utahns say that lawmakers should take action on climate change. (Deseret News)

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CALIFORNIA:
PG&E says its cost to exit bankruptcy and compensate the victims of wildfires caused by its equipment is $57.65 billion. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A badly-worn “C-hook” could determine whether or not PG&E faces criminal charges for starting the deadly Camp Fire in 2018. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
A proposed California bill that would ban campaign contributions by PG&E and other for-profit utilities is set to be heard March 25. (KXTV)

NATURAL GAS: FERC issues the final environmental impact statemenent for a proposed liquefied natural gas export facility and pipeline network that would connect Alaskan North Slope gas to Asian markets. (Anchorage Daily News)

EMISSIONS: Laramie, Wyoming’s city council votes unanimously to accept recommendations aiming to make the city carbon-neutral by 2050. (Wyoming Public Media)

NUCLEAR: Opinions are divided on small-scale nuclear reactors, such as NuScale Power’s 720-megawatt project for an Idaho utility. (Yale Environment 360)

OIL & GAS:
Wyoming is considering a large land and mineral rights purchase that could give the state access to Colorado’s oil and gas reserves. (Denver Post)
Suncor Energy is set to pay up to $9 million as part of a settlement for multiple air-pollution violations at its oil refinery north of Denver since 2017. (Denver Post)
California regulators have ordered Allenco Energy to decommission a South Los Angeles oil drilling site and plug wells. (Los Angeles Times)
New Mexico authorities say two men have died after an apparent industrial accident at an oil drilling site. (E&E News, subscription)

PUBLIC LANDS: New Mexico’s Land Commissioner says oil and natural gas royalty payments for development on state trust lands netted nearly $109 million in February. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Oregon is starting to emerge as a hub for solar and storage development, with a number of projects under construction in the state. (S&P Global) 

TRANSMISSION: Tuscon, Arizona residents are raising concerns about a 138-kilovolt transmission line proposed by a local utility. (Tuscon.com)

OVERSIGHT: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announces a new nominee to the state’s Public Utilities Commission after his previous nominee withdrew from consideration. (Pueblo Chieftain)

WIND: Xcel Energy says the turbine components needed for the 522-megawatt Sagamore Wind Project in eastern New Mexico have begun to arrive by rail. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
A University of Wyoming professor says it’s vital for the state to keep exporting energy by utilizing its cheap and abundant renewable energy resources. (Casper Star-Tribune)
A California editorial board is alarmed that state regulators are apparently advancing a plan that PG&E won’t get punished again until “an event” destroys 1,000 or more dwellings or commercial structures. (Manteca Bulletin)
A University of Montana professor says NorthWestern Energy created the problem with peak-power shortages and homeowners shouldn’t have to shoulder the consequences. (Montana Standard)
Two Montana climate advocates say conservatives understand that bipartisan cooperation is necessary to address climate change. (Helena Independent Record)

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