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Utah legislature set to tackle climate change

CLIMATE: A new climate report ordered by Utah’s legislature offers a strategy for tackling warming and pollution at the same time. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: The Democratic Oregon lawmaker key to killing the state’s previous cap-and-trade legislative effort refuses to commit to reading the current HB 2020 bill. (Oregon Business)

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COAL:
Wyoming and Montana file a U.S. Supreme Court motion challenging Washington State’s “unconstitutional discrimination against a proposed coal export terminal.” (Wyoming Public Media)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the proposed export terminal failed to meet water quality and other environmental standards. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Wyoming will provide $12 million for a proposed University of Wyoming 25-50MW coal-burning power-plant if the U.S. Department of Energy contributes at least $48 million. (Laramie Boomerang)
University of Wyoming researchers discover new possibilities for sustainable reclamation of the state’s roughly 90,000 acres of land disturbed by surface mining. (Casper Star-Tribune)

CALIFORNIA:
The number of California wildfire victims seeking compensation from PG&E more than doubled in just over two months, increasing to 80,000. (New York Times)
A judge wants PG&E to pay $44 million in fines based on several years of regulatory violations. (NBC Bay Area)
PG&E’s $1.68 billion wildfire settlement agreement with California could save the bankrupt utility $470 million in taxes. (Forbes)
A new study indicates burying PG&E’s power lines to stop California wildfires could cost $240 billion. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE:
California regulators are set to spend half a billion dollars by 2024 helping vulnerable power customers with behind-the-meter battery incentives. (Greentech Media)
The $3.6 billion proposed 2,200 megawatt Navajo Energy Storage Station in Arizona will deliver power to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
The proposed $10 billion Jordan Cove liquified gas project in Oregon suffers another setback as Oregon’s Department of State Lands rejects a request for an extension on a key permit. (Willamette Week)
Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico are exploring the possibility of allowing oil and gas companies to discard wastewater in streams and rivers. (Grist)

BIOFUELS: A group of California Central Valley dairies partner with Southern California Gas on the nation’s largest dairy biogas project, expected to yield up to 4 million gallons of renewable natural gas per year. (Governing)

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RENEWABLES: A judge rules that the city of Santa Clara, California, needs to do an environmental study before it can implement rules requiring fuel cell users to use renewable fuels. (Mercury News)

SOLAR: The largest solar project for a locally run utility in California launches today, aiming to reduce electricity demand on PG&E. (E&E News, subscription)

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