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Tri-State says clean energy shift will save money

UTILITIES: Tri-State Generation and Transmission says its recently announced clean energy moves will save money, though it’s still not clear if the changes will satisfy members who have been seeking to leave the co-op. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Tri-State says its coal retirement plans won’t affect Wyoming, and that it isn’t planning any clean energy projects in the state. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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CALIFORNIA:
A federal judge says January 29 will be the end-date of the “confirmation status conference” on PG&E’s bankruptcy set to begin today. (S&P Global)
A state regulator raises PG&E’s penalty for maintaining false internal safety records about its underground infrastructure by almost 70%. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A bipartisan group of California congressmen want federal and state government officials to drop financial claims against PG&E. (Chico Enterprise-Record)
• PG&E will begin testing the Humboldt Bay power plant to see if it can generate enough energy to keep Humboldt County’s power running during future planned power shutoffs. (Eureka Times-Standard)

OIL & GAS:
California announces a federal lawsuit aiming to stop Trump administration plans to open federal lands in the state to oil and gas drilling, including fracking. (Los Angeles Times)
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis cites the volatility of the oil and gas market in response to questions on why he avoided mentioning the industry in his State of the State address. (Greeley Tribune)
California’s energy sector, petroleum in particular, faces uncertainty as clashes between state lawmakers and the White House escalate. (Long Beach Business Journal)
The proposed $10 billion Jordan Cove liquified gas project in Oregon obtained two favorable decisions this month. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

POLLUTION:
Colorado officials say the current level of pollution, the equivalent of about 4 tons of heat-trapping and hazardous gases per second, is unacceptable. (Denver Post)
Colorado Democrats introduce a bill raising the maximum penalty state regulators are able to impose on polluters. (Westword)
Colorado’s efforts to cut air pollution are hampered by Metro Denver-area residents who are driving more, rather than using transportation alternatives. (Denver Post)

STORAGE: FERC has accepted the application for a preliminary permit for the proposed 2,200 megawatt Navajo Energy Storage Station in Arizona. (news release)

EFFICIENCY: A Denver nonprofit says it has upgraded the energy efficiency of 1,000 homes in 40 Colorado counties. (Colorado Politics)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California lawmakers debate whether electric vehicle owners should continue to get a break on the state’s gas tax, which amounts to more than $32 million in lost transportation revenue per year. (Los Angeles Times)

NUCLEAR:
California’s toxics agency opposes a revised NASA cleanup plan to remove contamination at a former rocket and energy research site in the state. (Bloomberg Environment)
Colorado-based Energy Fuels Inc. has laid off 24 of its 79 employees in rural San Juan County, Utah, the poorest constituency in the state. (Salt Lake City Tribune)

SOLAR:
The developer of Nevada’s Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant appears to have halted operations after losing its only income-generating U.S. contract. (Greentech Media)
• A Colorado solar co-op aiming to help homeowners and private businesses shift to solar energy is open for enrollment and wants to raise $5,000 to help launch the initiative. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

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WIND: Southeast Wyoming landowners and residents are raising concerns about the impacts of wind developments in the area including the new Rail Tie Wind Project. (Wyoming Public Media)

COMMENTARY: A Utah editorial board acknowledges the climate is changing but says “it makes little sense to attack this problem with government-imposed restrictions.” (Deseret News)

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