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Wildfires could stymie California climate progress

CALIFORNIA: California could struggle to meet its clean energy goals if the state’s largest utility goes bankrupt because of wildfire liabilities. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: California’s largest utility reported a second power outage on the day a deadly wildfire erupted, according to a new report filed with regulators. (Reuters)

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RENEWABLES: Clean energy could become even more attractive for Hawaii utilities as a change in shipping fuel requirements drives up the price of oil in the state. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

• Colorado air quality regulators unanimously vote to adopt California’s low-emission vehicle standards. (Colorado Sun)
• Colorado’s attorney general is being asked to investigate the governor’s trip to a Tesla factory in Nevada just before he ordered the adoption of California’s low-emission vehicle standards. (Denver Post)

COAL: A Colorado coal company that recently filed for bankruptcy will auction a mine in January that is the lone supplier of a Montana coal-fired power plant. (Billings Gazette)

• More than a dozen major oil and gas companies have pledged to donate $100 million to a consortium focused on easing housing, labor, education and health care problems aggravated by the shale boom in Texas and New Mexico. (Reuters)
• New Mexico’s outgoing land commissioner accuses state oil and gas regulators of not enforcing environmental regulations. (Albuquerque Journal)
• A Canadian company made its first sale of oil extracted in Utah from the largest oil sands reserve in the nation. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• California must decide whether to remove some of its aging offshore oil rigs and imperil the fish, mammal and plant species that live there, or allow them to stay as one “rigs to reefs” consulting firm has advised. (Quartz)

GRID: New Mexico officials and leaders of the Navajo Nation approve a historic land swap intended to bring more water and electricity to the tribe. (Albuquerque Journal)

SOLAR: Maui looks to large-scale solar projects to meet its energy needs in the future. (Maui News)

POLITICS: A $63 million opposition campaign by Nevada’s largest utility, prompted by messaging from supporters putting that utility in the crosshairs, doomed an energy choice initiative, which seemed like a sure thing a year ago. (Nevada Independent)

• An Arizona utility may not have intended to outsmart the state’s largest and “most obnoxious” utility on solar energy but it’s certainly playing out that way, says an editorial columnist. (Arizona Republic)
• Colorado’s recent adoption of California’s vehicle emission standards doesn’t suit the state’s practical needs, says a newspaper editorial board. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

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