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Trump administration drops antitrust probe of automakers

TRANSPORTATION: The Department of Justice has quietly ended its antitrust probe into four automakers that sided with California on emissions rules, which had been part of a string of actions the Trump administration has taken against the state’s climate policies. (New York Times)

CLIMATE: A public hearing on Oregon’s cap-and-trade bill last weekend drew a large but sharply-divided crowd, with at least 150 people signed up to testify. (Associated Press)

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PG&E has submitted a plan to California regulators it says would reduce the utility’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs by one third. (San Francisco Chronicle)
As a key deadline in PG&E’s bankruptcy nears, questions remain about how serious California Gov. Gavin Newsom is about a state takeover. (New York Times)

Environmentalists have withdrawn their lawsuit accusing the BLM of failing to  adequately analyze the environmental potential impact of three oil and gas leases in eastern Arizona. (Associated Press)
• An exploration of the Trump administration’s final management plans for Utah’s reduced Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments finds that a drilling and mining boom is unlikely. (InsideClimate News)

RENEWABLES: Colorado’s renewable energy successes were among the topics covered by Gov. Jared Polis at the National Governors Association’s annual winter meeting. (Durango Herald)

COAL: Northwestern Energy is seeking the approval of Montana’s utility regulator to buy an additional 25% share of Colstrip Unit 4 from Puget Sound energy for $1. (Montana Public Radio)

OIL & GAS: An exploration of shale’s decline over the past several years finds that Wyoming oil and gas companies are particularly vulnerable. (Wyoming Public Media)

Indigenous advocates are set to continue opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, which could begin construction in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska this month. (Mother Jones)
An exploration of the 15-year battle over a proposed 229-mile natural gas pipeline and processing terminal in Oregon finds a divided community. (PBS NewsHour)
NorthWestern Energy’s application for a permit to place a natural gas pipeline under Montana’s Gallatin River has neighbors worried. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

Advocates say investment in rooftop solar in Utah is waning because of a decrease in the compensation rate paid to customers. (Deseret News)
Colorado State University-Pueblo officials say the campus is the first in the state to achieve zero net electric efficiency thanks to its 22 acre solar project. (KOAA)

TRANSMISSION: New Mexico’s House passed a proposal aimed at expanding transmission lines in the state with bipartisan support. (New Mexico Political Report)

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EFFICIENCY: A Salt Lake City suburb considers a housing plan that would encourage developers to build sustainable homes that would be energy efficient and generate their own power. (Salt Lake Tribune)

A California energy storage advocate says state planning for a reliable grid that captures and stores wind and solar energy should start now. (CalMatters)
A Colorado columnist outlines actions residents can take to help the state get off bad air lists and reach EPA attainment goals. (Denver Post)
A California editorial board says state taxpayers should be very concerned about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s threats to take over PG&E, citing likely costs. (Daily Breeze)
An energy advocate says California would need to spend billions on hardening its grid to protect life and property after spending billions taking over PG&E. (Mercury News)

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