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Report: Colorado needs aggressive steps to hit emissions target

CLIMATE: A new report finds that even with measures like widespread coal retirements and adoption of electric vehicles, Colorado will fall far short of climate targets passed by the legislature last year. (Westword)

ALSO: Most of Oregon’s House Republicans refused to attend a session last night amidst a slowdown on cap-and-trade legislation. (Associated Press)

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CALIFORNIA:
California regulators have laid out a new proposal that would allow the state to revoke PG&E’s license if it endangers the public after emerging from bankruptcy. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A California bill aims to give the state attorney general and local district attorneys the power to hold utility companies accountable for failing to comply with safety regulations. (Bay City News Service)
PG&E is reporting big losses of $3.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019 and $7.7 billion for the year overall, driven by ongoing wildfire costs and charges. (Greentech Media)

COAL: The City of Pueblo, Colorado is hopeful it can transition from a fossil-fueled economy once the Comanche Power Generating station shuts down. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

OVERSIGHT: A proposal aiming to streamline New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission and make it more efficient has stalled in the state’s Senate. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A bill to reinstate New Mexico’s solar energy tax credit advanced through a House committee with little opposition after clearing the Senate. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• An exploration of the impact of California’s law requiring rooftop solar on new homes finds division in its environmental community. (Sacramento Bee)

UTILITIES:
Montana regulators agree to NorthWestern Energy’s request to block details on the utility’s new coal supply contract from becoming public. (Montana Public Radio)
Pacificorp wants Oregon regulators to approve a rate increase starting next year to help pay for new renewable energy resources. (Portland Business Journal, subscription)

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TRANSPORTATION: Three New Mexico school districts are taking part in a pilot program rolling out propane-fueled buses to cut emissions and costs. (KRQE)

COMMENTARY:
A California energy consultant says the state’s transmission lines are its biggest energy issue. (CalMatters)
Two California energy advocates say it’s important that PG&E’s restructuring hardens the grid and meets the state’s climate and clean energy goals. (Capitol Weekly)
A Wyoming conservationist says it’s important to protect the state’s big game migration corridors, including those on public lands. (Jackson Hole News & Guide)
A Montana author and farmer makes a case for supporting the state’s Renewable Energy Initiative. (Montana Standard)
Two California business owners want state lawmakers to adopt a collaborative approach to laws and regulations to help companies deal with planned power outages. (CalMatters)

CORRECTION: Jeff Bezos pledged $10 billion to fight climate change. Yesterday’s email subject line stated the incorrect amount.

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