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PG&E bankruptcy settlement approved

CALIFORNIA: PG&E’s federal bankruptcy judge has approved a settlement agreement between the utility and bondholders who agreed to withdraw their competing bankruptcy exit plan. (San Francisco Chronicle)

ALSO: A judge demands more details on what the utility knew before equipment failures that sparked wildfires, asking “What good are inspections that don’t find problems?” (ABC10)

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CLIMATE: Federal judges are expected to hear arguments today on whether California cities’ climate lawsuits can proceed in state, rather than federal, court. (San Francisco Chronicle)

COAL:
There are 20 coal plants left in the West without specific dates to fully retire. (Los Angeles Times)
The Navajo Nation makes a case for Tucson Electric Power to pay $100,000 per megawatt of coal capacity it owns in three plants being retired on or near the reservation. (Utility Dive) 

EFFICIENCY:
A New Mexico state senate committee passes two bills aiming to help low-income households become more energy efficient. (New Mexico Political Report)
A Colorado county considers rules requiring new homes to be suitable for net-zero energy conversion. (Summit Daily News)

ELECTRIFICATION: Developers are scrambling to keep up as cities introduce policies prohibiting new natural gas connections. (New York Times)

SOLAR: Proposed legislation aiming to expand community solar projects in New Mexico passes its first state senate committee. (New Mexico Political Report)

TRANSPORTATION: Utilities in California and Oregon still face numerous challenges as they prepare the grid for an influx of electric vehicles. (Utility Dive) 

NUCLEAR:
Spent fuel at the Idaho National Laboratory can be kept on-site past 2023 under the terms of a new agreement. (Associated Press)
PG&E’s offer of carbon-free power at no charge from its Diablo Canyon power plant to main rivals in Northern California continues to be criticized. (East Bay Express)

OIL AND GAS:
An Oregon lawmaker predicts a legal battle if the Trump administration tries to force approval of a liquified natural gas export project. (Associated Press)
Colorado activists want the state to penalize 316 oil and gas producers with a maximum daily fine of $15,000 for each violation highlighted in a state audit. (Denver Post)

UTILITIES:
• A Wyoming cooperative has a plan to increase the amount of renewable energy offered to members while maintaining or reducing rates. (Scottsbluff Star Herald)
Montana utilities are being criticized by customers for seemingly not being able to budget for state property taxes without implementing new tariffs. (KXLH)

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POLLUTION: A 10-year study indicates Utah’s campaign against burning wood or other solid fuel is working, showing a dramatic reduction in pollution along the Wasatch Front. (Deseret News) 

COMMENTARY: An Arizona lawmaker says her caucus is prepared to protect the state’s environment from climate change. (Arizona Capitol Times)

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