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Tribes seeking carbon tax to compensate for climate impacts

CLIMATE: Advocates pushing for a carbon tax say it would be a fair way to compensate tribes for the disproportionate climate change impacts they are experiencing. (Reuters)

CLEAN ENERGY: Federal stimulus legislation passed during the 2009 recession played a significant role in advancing clean energy, in contrast to the bills being passed in response to coronavirus today. (Los Angeles Times)

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STORAGE: A Los Angeles County community choice aggregator has signed a deal for a 100 megawatt battery project. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS:
Wyoming’s natural gas producers are hopeful that Oregon’s controversial Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal will be beneficial for them in accessing international demand. (Casper Star-Tribune)
BP’s $5.6 billion deal with Hilcorp to take over its Prudhoe Bay, Alaska assets is reportedly in jeopardy because of plummeting oil prices. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
Officials and residents of a Colorado county are raising concerns about the possible impacts of oil and gas drilling emissions on coronavirus vulnerability. (Colorado Independent)

OVERSIGHT: The Wyoming Energy Authority has elected leaders for the upcoming term and will meet every other week through May to ensure it is ready to launch July 1. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

COAL: Talen Energy announces it wants to buy a share of the Colstrip power plant in Montana. (Billings Gazette)

GRID:
• An exploration of how power usage has changed during the coronavirus outbreak finds that the “duck curve” is common in areas with lots of renewables like California. (Grist)
• A new data analysis finds a modest increase in Oregon’s and Washington’s power usage since their stay-home orders were issued late last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. (The Oregonian)

TRANSPORTATION:
A Northern California bus operator has saved an average of 40% on monthly power bills since hiring a professional electric bus fleet-charging service. (Greentech Media)
• A California transit authority expects significant fuel savings, resilience, and cleaner air from its fleet of electric buses powered by a microgrid. (Microgrid Knowledge)

UTILITIES: Tri-State Generation and Transmission is giving Western cooperative utilities more flexibility to add as much as 300 megawatts of self-generated renewable power. (Denver Business Journal)

HYDROPOWER: A historic powerhouse building at a Montana dam will be demolished this fall after plans for a data center fall through. (KRTV)

FOSSIL FUELS: Experts say Wyoming will have to reckon with its exceptionally heavy economic dependence on fossil fuels long after the coronavirus crisis passes. (Sierra Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
PG&E’s spokesperson discusses the bankrupt utility’s fire prevention efforts. (KSRO)
An Alaska editorial board explains why the immediate impact of the coronavirus pandemic is devastating for the state’s major sources of revenue, notably its oil industry. (Anchorage Daily News)
The executive director of the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources details opportunities the institution is pursuing to stem the decline in the state’s coal production. (Casper Star-Tribune)
A Colorado editorial board explains why it’s against municipalization of the City of Pueblo’s electric service. (Pueblo Chieftain)

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