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San Francisco sees opportunity in utility’s bankruptcy

UTILITIES: San Francisco’s mayor wants to leverage PG&E’s bankruptcy to take over the utility’s assets to serve the city’s power needs. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Meanwhile, a ratepayers’ advocacy group is trying to gain a seat at the negotiating table as PG&E seeks to settle its claims with investors and wildfire victims as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. (Wall Street Journal)
• A Colorado judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Colorado wholesale power provider against an electric co-op trying to sever its business ties. (Montrose Daily Press)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• A Spokane-based utility that serves customers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho announces it will move to 100% clean energy by 2045, which would align with a similar requirement pending in the state legislature. (Lewiston Morning Tribune)
• The Nevada Senate passes a bill boosting the state’s renewable energy standard to 50 percent by 2030. (Solar Power World)

COAL: Montana regulators approve the expansion of a mine that feeds Colstrip, one of the largest coal plants in the West. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Colorado will use $14 million from its share of the legal settlement with Volkswagen over its emission scandal to replace 28 diesel buses with electric models. (Denver Post)

EMISSIONS: All-electric homes are making a comeback in California where state leaders, energy officials and environmentalists are seeking alternatives to fossil fuels. (Southern California News Group/Orange County Register)

PIPELINES: Alberta elects a conservative premier who wants to abolish the province’s carbon tax and push several stalled pipeline projects including Keystone XL. (InsideClimate News)

OIL & GAS:
• Federal land managers advance a company’s controversial plan to expand its operations in central Wyoming by 4,000 wells. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Colorado’s top oil and gas regulator says he doesn’t think a new law giving cities more control over drilling will result in a moratorium for new projects. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• Officials with the company behind a controversial plan to build a natural gas export terminal in Oregon say they aren’t sure how President Trump’s recent order limiting state’s abilities to block pipelines could impact their project. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

POLITICS: U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says many “silver bullets” are needed to combat climate change, not just solar and wind energy. (Alaska’s Energy Desk)

TECHNOLOGY: A Phoenix-based company unveils its hydrogen fuel-powered big rigs, which some say could revolutionize the transportation industry. (Arizona Republic)

SOLAR:
• A Colorado farmer converts a historic family homestead into an experimental solar farm where federal researchers will study how well crops can grow underneath solar panels. (The Denver Channel)
• An Arizona appliance maker is planning to install a 3.9 MW solar energy system at its manufacturing facility. (Solar Industry)

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WIND: Xcel Energy is slated to take over construction of a $743 million wind project in Colorado. (Nasdaq)

COMMENTARY: David Roberts explains why he thinks a Washington bill seeking to take the state to 100% carbon free electricity by 2045 is the best piece of new clean energy legislation to emerge in recent years. (Vox)

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