UTILITIES: A new study on Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s transition from coal to renewables says the utility is a standout example among similar power providers. (Denver Post)

ALSO: Tri-State’s legal battle with members trying to leave, set to go before Colorado regulators this week, is threatening the co-op’s finances. (Colorado Sun)

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SOLAR: A new analysis finds that the coronavirus crisis has disrupted five years of solar growth, but some larger California-based national companies have been better able to absorb slowdown costs than smaller companies. (Greentech Media)

WIND: Developers of a 600 MW wind farm in Washington state say the project is still on track despite disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. (Tri Cities Journal of Business)

CALIFORNIA:
Attorneys involved in PG&E’s bankruptcy case say the majority of its wildfire victims support the utility’s bankruptcy plan. (San Francisco Chronicle)
PG&E’s sentencing on 85 felony counts in connection with 2018’s Camp Fire is rescheduled to June 16 because of the coronavirus’s impact on court operations. (KRCR)

CLEAN ENERGY:
A California policy expert says he sees “no evidence” that the state’s existing policies focused on transitioning to cleaner energy sources are in danger. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
A recent study finds that Facebook’s new data center in New Mexico is accelerating the state’s transition toward renewable electricity. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

OIL & GAS:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom drops a proposal from the state’s budget that would have expanded the regulatory agency that oversees oil and gas drilling. (KQED)
A global energy research firm expects the Permian Basin to have the biggest decline in fracking in May and into the summer, yet also make up one-third of the wells being completed this month. (Houston Chronicle)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tucson, Arizona’s first electric bus goes into service. (Tucson.com)

COMMENTARY:
A California editorial board says PG&E’s legal problems are adding to the challenges of preparing for the upcoming wildfire season. (Bakersfield Californian)
• Two former National Park Service officials say the BLM should be directed to halt oil and gas lease sales to protect New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A Utah advocate says Wall Street banks that Republicans claim are “discriminating” against the oil and gas industry are simply making sound financial decisions. (Deseret News)

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Lisa Ellwood

Lisa is a Lenape and Nanticoke Native American freelance journalist, editor and writer currently based in the U.K. She has more than two decades’ experience working in corporate communications and print and digital media. She compiles the Western Energy News daily email digest. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University; her specializations include data journalism and visualization. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, Investigative Reporters & Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Union of Journalists (U.K.).