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PG&E pledges major reforms after bankruptcy

CALIFORNIA: PG&E’s post-bankruptcy plan includes tougher safety standards, a regional focus, a revamp of its board, and allowing state regulators to intervene if the utility fails on safety. (San Francisco Chronicle)

CLIMATE:
The Portland suburb of Milwaukie becomes the first city in Oregon to declare a climate emergency; a similar measure advances in Flagstaff, Arizona. (KATU, Arizona Daily Sun)
A Chicago think tank with a history of spreading misinformation on climate change makes a presentation to Idaho lawmakers. (Idaho State Journal)
An Alaska scientist says fighting the state’s forest fires more aggressively would have a significant impact on emissions. (Anchorage Daily News)  

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RENEWABLE ENERGY:
Colorado renewable energy advocates disagree with the oil and gas industry that natural gas is needed as a bridge fuel in the state’s transition to clean energy. (Denver Post)
A California city must revise a policy requiring microgrids to run on renewable energy after losing a lawsuit filed by fuel cell maker Bloom Energy. (Silicon Valley Voice)

COAL: Wyoming lawmakers advance a bill to reduce the lag time before mining companies must pay local taxes. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

EMISSIONS: California ports, airports, and rail yards can receive up to $500,000 from the state per piece of equipment to switch to zero-emissions models under a new clean energy freight equipment program. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: Phoenix, Arizona has received a $1 million EPA grant to replace 10 of the city’s diesel trucks with compressed natural gas vehicles. (Cronkite News)

NUCLEAR: A New Mexico site could store nuclear waste until 2052 if state regulators renew the facility’s permit. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy is reportedly unhappy with the possible new profit cap on its Colorado electrical business by state regulators and could ask for a reconsideration. (Denver Business Journal, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
As companies seek ways to reuse Permian Basin wastewater, advocates warn it may be too contaminated for most purposes. (Searchlight New Mexico)
Environmentalists say the resignation of one of California’s top oil and gas regulators criticized for lax oversight was a critical reform. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

SOLAR: A Silicon Valley-based technology company has installed the world’s first transparent solar window facade which produces energy and improves thermal insulation. (Commercial Property Executive)

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DIVESTMENT: The University of Southern California’s Investment Office reveals 5% of its endowment funds, roughly $277 million, are invested in fossil fuels. (Daily Trojan)

COMMENTARY:
A columnist outlines issues concerning proper maintenance by California’s utilities they feel need resolving before PG&E’s bankruptcy is settled. (Los Angeles Daily News)
A radio show discusses why most California homes will have solar power in the future. (Vallejo Times Record)
The mayor of Vineyard, Utah says the National Environmental Policy Act is holding back the state’s infrastructure projects and delaying energy initiatives. (Deseret News)

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