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Report: California could retire 28 gas plants without hurting reliability

GRID: California could retire 28 natural gas plants without impacting electric reliability, according to a Union of Concerned Scientists report. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• A Southern California gas provider reaches a $119 million settlement over a massive 2015 leak gas leak. (Los Angeles Times)
• An Alaska ballot initiative seeking greater protections for salmon will face opposition from oil, gas and mining companies after the Alaska Supreme Court rules parts of the measure can move forward. (Alaska Public Radio)
• Boulder, Colorado’s city council approves a pollution tax on the oil and gas industry for drilling inside city limits. (Boulder Daily Camera)

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PUBLIC LANDS:
• A federal judge rules the Trump administration doesn’t have to explain its rationale for shrinking two national monuments in Utah, a move that will benefit mining, and oil and gas industries. (The Hill)
• The Trump administration lays the groundwork to open vast swaths of public land in California to hydraulic fracturing. (The Hill)

GEOTHERMAL: A supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park has enough geothermal energy to power most of the country, but experts doubt it will ever be tapped. (National Geographic)

REGULATION:
• A recent rate case reveals a deep divide between two Colorado utility regulators over time-of-use billing. (Pueblo Chieftain)
• Nevada’s top utility regulator is stepping down to take a job in higher education. (Nevada Appeal)

SOLAR: Plans are announced for the construction of a 600 kw solar installation at a California fire training facility. (Energy Manager Today)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• An electric scooter company in Portland proposes to offer food or money to homeless residents to ride devices to charging stations each night. (Willamette Week)
• A Colorado mountain town gets more electric vehicle charging stations. (Aspen Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
• If New Mexico wants to lure big companies like Facebook, it needs to provide more clean energy, says a leader of a clean energy coalition. (Albuquerque Journal)
• Bill McKibben says California lawmakers should pass legislation requiring the state to get all of its electricity from renewables by 2045. (New York Times)
• A California congressman makes the case for keeping fuel efficiency standards and allowing his state to maintain its authority to set its own pollution rules. (The Hill)

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