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Oregon Republicans stage another walkout over climate bill

CLIMATE: In a repeat of 2019, Oregon Republicans walked out of the state legislature yesterday to prevent a vote on cap and trade legislation, but Democrats believe they will eventually prevail. (Oregon Capital Bureau, KATU)

Concerns are growing over Colorado’s new climate plan which includes phasing out the use of certain hydrofluorocarbons, which account for less than 1% of Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions annually. (Westword)
Helena, Montana officials pass a resolution setting a goal to switch to “100% clean, renewable electricity” by 2030. (KTVH)

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ELECTRIFICATION: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill into law preventing cities and towns in Arizona from banning natural gas hookups. (Phoenix New Times)

PG&E’s CEO reveals a contractor and two of the utility’s former employees were involved in “possible fraud”. (San Francisco Chronicle)
The City of Santa Rosa is set to sue PG&E for what it cost to save the city from the Kincade fire last year. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

HYDROPOWER: Seventeen groups with opposing views on dams and salmon are calling on Pacific Northwest governors and Native American tribes to collaborate on a plan to recover salmon and steelhead. (Idaho Statesman)

• Some microgrid developers declined to bid for PG&E’s microgrids solicitation, citing concerns about tight deadlines and the overall effectiveness of the utility’s strategy. (Microgrid Knowledge)
• A high-fire-risk district in Northern California hit hard by PG&E’s public-safety power shutoffs is seeking microgrids that use clean energy sources with storage. (Microgrid Knowledge)

A bill requiring New Mexico’s legislature to formally oppose the transportation and storage of high-level nuclear waste dies in committee. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A California lawmaker introduces a bill to count nuclear energy as emission-free under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. (KEYT)

POLLUTION: Colorado residents near a Suncor Energy refinery fear state regulators’ negotiations over unmet air pollution standards and violations won’t resolve site problems. (CBS Denver)

COAL: A Wyoming House committee advances a bill aiming to incentivize coal exports. (Wyoming Public Media)

New Mexico’s Land Commissioner says her office has the funds to conduct a study on the bond money oil and gas companies are required to put up before drilling. (Associated Press)
New Mexico officials are investigating a possible oil spill reported on the Black River near Carlsbad where pipelines were being drilled and installed. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

SOLAR: Critics say an Oregon utility’s billing changes for home solar systems would penalize early adopters under new state rules. (Statesman Journal)

STORAGE: Monterey County, California’s Planning Commission is set to consider a PG&E-backed battery energy storage facility project. (Monterey Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Utah lawmakers introduce a bill aiming to expand electric vehicle infrastructure in the state through a partnership with Rocky Mountain Power. (Deseret News)

The business manager of a California electrical union says Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan to take over PG&E would worsen the state’s electricity problems. (CalMatters)
The president of Montana’s Chamber of Commerce says NorthWestern’s plan to acquire additional generation capacity at Colstrip is critical for the state’s continued economic growth. (Great Falls Tribune)
A California columnist says the road to public ownership of PG&E is a long but necessary one. (Daily Bruin)

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