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House Committee votes to revive Yucca nuclear waste site

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NUCLEAR: The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously votes to restart the licensing process for Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. (Nevada Appeal)

PUBLIC LANDS: Some experts fear the underlying motive of the Bureau of Land Management’s relocation to Colorado is to weaken the agency’s effectiveness, threatening public lands, science, and the climate. (The Revelator)

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OIL & GAS:
Colorado oil and gas regulators are set to write new rules requiring companies to test, map, and remove some of their underground pipelines, and decide on making maps of underground pipelines public. (Colorado Independent)
A new analysis examines what decreased oil and gas industry merger and acquisition activity means for Colorado even as the state’s Denver-Julesburg Basin set new records in production. (Denver Business Journal, subscription)

CALIFORNIA:
An investigation of PG&E’s federal political spending reveals all but nine of California’s Congressional members accepted money from the utility, and continued to do so even after 109 wildfire deaths. (ABC10)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is donating $26,000 of PG&E political donations to charity. (ABC10)
PG&E wants its bankruptcy judge to reject California’s liability standard, saying it should not apply to investor-owned utilities. (Utility Dive)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants PG&E to add state-appointed members to its board as part of the bankrupt utility’s restructuring plan. (Bloomberg)
California groups ask state regulators to reconsider rate decisions allowing Sempra Utilities to recover roughly $1 million in “charitable contributions.”  (Utility Dive)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A new collaboration between BMW and a California dairy farm will use methane captured from cow manure to feed more renewable energy into the state’s power grid. (news release)

COAL: A new analysis explores what the closure of Arizona’s Navajo Generating Station means for Salt River Project’s energy mix and opportunities for renewable energy on Navajo Nation land. (Greentech Media)

TRANSPORTATION: Los Angeles, California and Seattle, Washington are two of the three cities leading the way in electrifying transportation. (GreenBiz)

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UTILITIES: Arizona’s largest utility is set to offer refunds to thousands of customers it says were given inaccurate advice about rate plans through its website. (Phoenix Business Journal, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
A columnist believes that indifference is fueling California’s fracking ban, saying the state, like Colorado, doesn’t rely on the oil industry despite being a big oil producer. (Bloomberg)
A former Alaska state senator says the state’s uneasy reliance on oil and broken tax system on the industry contribute to Alaska’s financial crisis. (Anchorage Daily News)
A Utah columnist examines why many residents don’t buy electric cars. (Deseret News)
Citing California policies to help promote grid-interactive efficient buildings, an advocacy organization says such buildings are the future and utilities can help lead the way. (ACEEE)

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