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Oregon legislature adjourns in wake of Republican climate walkout

CLIMATE: Oregon Democrats abruptly adjourned the state legislature for the year, 11 days after Republicans walked out over a contentious cap and trade bill. (Bloomberg Environment, subscription)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E wants a bankruptcy judge to give the utility permission to pay out $453 million in bonuses to thousands of executives and employees. (Sacramento Bee)
A California county asks regulators to push PG&E to pay its share of power line undergrounding costs after the bankrupt utility neglected paying the state-mandated fees for more than a year. (Union of Grass Valley)

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HYDROPOWER: Critics say some of a proposed California hydro plant’s facilities would flood scenic canyons, interrupting free-flowing stretches of river and harming fish and wildlife. (Los Angeles Times)

NUCLEAR: A public meeting on decommissioning Diablo Canyon Power Plant is set to be held next week in San Luis Obispo, California. (KSBY)

OIL & GAS:
Exxon Mobil is set to reduce the number of oil rigs it operates in the Permian Basin amidst plummeting oil prices and an expected decrease in energy demand. (Associated Press)
Kinder Morgan says the future of its proposed Permian Pass natural gas pipeline is uncertain as no customers for the project have been lined up in the current low-price environment. (Reuters)

COAL:
• Peabody Energy has laid off 50 temporary workers at its North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming. (KPVI)
• Washington-based utility Avista says its customers would save at least $2 million annually if Montana’s Colstrip Units 3 and 4 were retired at the end of 2025. (Billings Gazette)

PUBLIC LANDS:
New Mexico’s congressional delegation says the BLM’s approach to managing oil and gas development on Chaco lands is inadequate. (E&E News, subscription)
More than half of BLM employees slated to relocate to its new Colorado headquarters quit the agency rather than make the move. (The Hill)

STORAGE:
Using California as an example, the Rocky Mountain Institute sets out a plan showing how cities can enhance wildfire resilience with distributed energy. (CleanTechnica)
California’s power outages continue to fuel demand for combined solar panels and battery storage solutions for businesses. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: Two conservation planning reports address a potential population decline of Wyoming’s golden eagles due to conventional and renewable energy development and other human-caused threats. (Wyoming Public Media)

UTILITIES: A Colorado utility outlined four options on meeting its goal of providing 100% renewable energy by 2030 during a public meeting this week. (Longmont Times Call)

SOLAR: Construction of a utility-scale 7.5 megawatt ground-mounted solar system in Kalaeloa, Hawaii is complete. (Pacific Business News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
A public policy group makes recommendations it says would help diminish the pain of PG&E’s planned power outages. (Silicon Valley Business Journal)
An environmental policy analyst says Alaska will be hit the hardest by President Trump’s proposed environmental law changes. (Anchorage Daily News)
A California environmental justice advocate says natural gas endangers working families and the environment. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• A sustainability expert says going green is a necessity for California businesses to help combat climate change. (Sacramento Business Journal)

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