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San Jose wants to turn PG&E into a co-op

CALIFORNIA: PG&E may start shutting down power to roughly 201,000 customers for up to two days as early as Wednesday, and Southern California Edison is considering cuts to 17,000 customers because of a significant wildfire risk. (Los Angeles Times) 

ALSO:
San Jose, the largest city served by PG&E, wants to turn the utility into the nation’s biggest electric and gas cooperative and seeks to line up support for the plan. (The Hill via Wall Street Journal)
Yesterday was the deadline to file a wildfire claim in PG&E’s bankruptcy case, but thousands of victims may miss out from not seeking compensation. (KRCR TV)

COAL: Contura’s CEO says a deal to assume ownership of two former Blackjewel mines in Wyoming “represents a best-case-scenario outcome” and begins summoning some laid-off employees back to work. (Casper Star-Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
An official in Weld County, Colorado, says he had no advance notice about the state’s new permit approval process after a study found short-term health risk from chemical exposure. (Greeley Tribune)
Colorado officials say activists and policymakers missed good news about cancer risks in the recent health risk study. (Denver Business Journal, subscription)
New Mexico is “proactively” working with the oil and gas industries in the wake of earthquakes tied to fracking in West Texas. (Carlsbad Current-Argus, subscription)
New Mexico and Texas oil and gas revenues continue to rise thanks to the Permian Basin boom. (Carlsbad Current-Argus, subscription)

FOSSIL FUELS: A new quarterly report indicates Wyoming’s economic growth is starting to slow, citing faltering coal and natural gas production and construction tied to oil and wind energy development. (Casper Star-Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Leaders of 20 sovereign pueblo nations in New Mexico oppose plans to store tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants in the southwest desert. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: New Mexico’s largest utility is pushing energy efficiency, citing a new report indicating the state leads nationally with an 11.5% increase in energy efficiency jobs in 2018. Nevada followed with growth of just over 8%. (Associated Press)

WIND: The Bureau of Land Management published its third environmental assessment of Wyoming’s 3,000 megawatt Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project, giving preliminary approval to 400 of its 1,000 turbines. (Casper Star-Tribune)

PUBLIC LANDS: Utah Sen. Mike Lee is hosting a roundtable exploring the benefits of state management of both federal and state lands. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR: A new study by a national real estate website finds that having solar installed in a median-valued Hawaii home can increase its value by 4%. (Pacific Business Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: California Gov. Gavin Newson asked the state’s Attorney General to investigate high gasoline prices in the wake of new analysis suggesting oil companies are “misleading and overcharging customers” by as much as $1 per gallon. (Associated Press)

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