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Wyoming governor pledges to protect state’s fossil fuel industries

FOSSIL FUELS: Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon vows to protect and promote the state’s coal, oil and gas industries during his State of the State address, noting that stopping coal mine closures is a priority. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
Montana’s Climate Solutions Council has released draft recommendations for the state to address climate change. (Associated Press)
In response to a rally by loggers and truckers last week, supporters of cap-and-trade legislation demonstrate at the Oregon state capitol. (OPB)
An exploration on the likely impact of cap and trade on Columbia County, Oregon finds significant differences of opinion. (St. Helen’s Chronicle)

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CALIFORNIA:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to question PG&E about the utility’s bankruptcy settlement. (Associated Press)
Official statistics are underestimating the spiraling death toll of California’s deadly Camp Fire in 2018, caused by a neglected PG&E transmission tower. (Chico Enterprise-Record)

MICROGRIDS: The City of Long Beach, California is urging state regulators to make changes to the process of getting microgrids built to decrease delays. (Microgrid Knowledge)

COAL:
Wyoming communities are beginning to grapple with a future beyond fossil fuels — especially those with coal. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Wyoming utilities and industrial customers continue to be sharply divided over a state bill requiring any utility retiring a coal plant earlier than scheduled to make a good faith effort to find a buyer. (Wyoming Public Media)
A program providing free coal to Navajo Nation chapters and their members has had to be significantly expanded in the wake of the closure of the Kayenta Mine in northern Arizona. (Navajo-Hopi Observer)

NUCLEAR: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak sent a letter to President Trump commending him for backtracking on further development of Yucca Mountain as a national radioactive waste repository. (KSNV)

OIL & GAS:
A candidate for California’s state senate thinks the state should create an oil extraction tax and dedicate most or all of the proceeds to early childhood education. (Almanac Online)
New Mexico’s Department of Information Technology announced the development of a $5 million fiber network offering advanced broadband services to businesses in the Permian’s Lea County. (Associated Press, Hobbs News-Sun)

SOLAR: Portland General Electric announces plans for a 162 MW solar array in eastern Oregon that would be the largest in the state. (news release)

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GEOTHERMAL: The University of Utah will now get more than 50% of its electricity through renewable sources with a new agreement to buy some of its power from a geothermal plant. (Salt Lake Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
A Washington lawmaker says the state should pass legislation aiming to reduce transportation emissions similar to clean fuel standards in Oregon and California. (Seattle Times)
A NorthWestern Energy official says a recent letter to the editor misled the public about the utility’s filing with Montana regulators to buy an additional 25% share of Colstrip Unit 4 from Puget Sound energy for $1. (Montana Standard)
A Washington columnist says worn-out wind turbine blades need to be recycled, not landfilled. (Columbian)

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