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Temporary deal reached to reopen Montana coal mine

COAL: Montana officials announce a temporary deal with a Navajo company that will allow one of the largest U.S. coal mines to reopen. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Documents show fossil fuel companies spent thousands to lobby Black community leaders in Oakland to support a proposed coal export terminal. (The Guardian)

CALIFORNIA:
More than 2 million PG&E customers in Northern California are in the dark for several days from the utility’s largest planned power outage to date. (East Bay Times)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom calls on Warren Buffet to buy the bankrupt utility, while a number of cities and counties are considering transitioning to public power. (Sacramento Bee)
Both PG&E and California’s utility regulator are avoiding questions about transmission line standards. (Marin Independent Journal)
A geothermal power complex in California was partially knocked offline by the destructive Kincade wildfire. (Houston Chronicle)
Experts say electric companies cannot entirely blame climate change for California’s wildfires — more people moving into forested areas and an outmoded power grid also increase fire risk. (E&E News)

PUBLIC LANDS: Environmental groups say they will challenge the Interior Department’s planned lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by year’s end in federal court. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: Analysts and Alaska officials expect a state budget gap of almost $200 million due to lower-than-expected oil production from the North Slope and lower global oil prices. (Anchorage Daily News)

CLIMATE:
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the state’s environment department are voicing opposition to the Trump administration’s methane rules reversal. (New Mexico Political Report)
Boulder County, Colorado’s carbon capture and sequestration project achieved little success in its first year. (Denver Post)

SOLAR:
Tesla announced it will begin working with outside roofing companies during its Solar Roof Version 3 launch. (Greentech Media, Quartz)
New Mexico’s Jicarilla Apache tribe is constructing a 50-megawatt solar farm that will send electricity to Albuquerque. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

PIPELINES: Colorado’s underground pipeline mapping is incomplete; oil and gas companies are supposed to provide the state with partial data on a subset of existing pipelines this week. (Denver Post)

UTILITIES:
A new complaint filed in PG&E’s bankruptcy case alleges the utility and California regulations capped the amount of energy bought from small producers for years, violating federal law. (Greentech Media)
Natural gas customers in Washington state and Oregon will see increased bills in part because of a Canadian pipeline explosion last year. (Spokesman-Review, Register-Guard)

COMMENTARY: A podcast explores how oil-backed groups are fighting utility electric vehicle plans, similar to the lobbying campaign against California’s auto regulations in the 1990s. (Greentech Media)

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