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Permian Basin oil boom could worsen Western water stress

OIL & GAS: A think tank’s report warns that the Permian Basin oil boom could worsen water shortages in drought-prone parts of the West. (Reuters)

Permian Basin shale companies are preparing to pump less oil and natural gas as financial pressures mount. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
Occidental Petroleum is soliciting bids for oil and gas properties in Wyoming and Colorado and plans to sell its office building in the heart of the Permian Basin. (Reuters, Houston Chronicle)

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FERC is expected to take control of regulating Tri-State Generation Association’s rates, stripping New Mexico and three other states of rate-making authority over the wholesale supplier. (Albuquerque Journal)
Nevada Energy, the state’s largest utility, has hired its first fire mitigation specialist. (E&E News, subscription)

• An investigation finds Gov. Gavin Newsom’s campaigns and his wife’s foundation have accepted more than $700,000 from PG&E. (Washington Post)
A bankruptcy judge is set to consider an $11 billion settlement between PG&E and a group of insurance companies tomorrow. (San Francisco Chronicle)
PG&E is trying to offer $13.5 billion in compensation to victims of wildfires caused by its power lines as part of a restructuring plan, sources say. (Bloomberg)
California regulators want to extend the life of several gas units as a “bridge strategy to allow new [clean energy] capacity to come online.” (Utility Dive)
San Diego County faces criticism over a plan to approve new housing in wildfire-prone areas far from urban job centers. (Los Angeles Times)

California’s regulators are set to approve the state’s first off-site solar program for new housing this week, despite objections from solar installers who say it undercuts the state’s rooftop solar requirement. (Los Angeles Times)
Oahu solar permits increased 67% in October from the year-earlier period, according to a solar company’s data. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription)

Portland General Electric says it will make time-of-use rates optional for residential customers installing charging ports. (Utility Dive)
Tech firms and utilities discuss consumer scenarios for electric vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology at a California conference. (GreenBiz)

MICROGRIDS: Sonoma, California, energy watchdogs say electrical microgrids are important to be less reliant on PG&E and fossil fuel energy. (Sonoma Index-Tribune)

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GEOTHERMAL: California Community Choice Aggregators are including geothermal as part of their procurement target towards the state’s goal of 10,000 megawatts of new clean energy capacity by 2030. (ThinkGeoEnergy)

An energy advocate says municipalizing California’s utilities will not bring lower costs, increased reliability, better energy choices, or more renewable energy. (The Hill)
A former New Mexico official says it’s time for a moratorium on new fossil fuel extraction even in states like New Mexico dependent on oil revenue. (High Country News)
An Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation official says the state’s oil spill regulation review isn’t an attempt to gut environmental protections. (Anchorage Daily News)
A California think tank official says Gov. Gavin Newsom already has the power to remedy the state’s ongoing planned power outage problems. (OC Register)

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