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In a unanimous vote on Feb. 10, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission appointed Leah Feldon as director of the state Department of Environmental Quality. Feldon replaces Richard Whitman, who retired in September. She has worked at DEQ since 2005, and been its deputy director since 2016… Read MoreBrief Mentions: News Roundup

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In the latest Energy West podcast, Clearing Up's Dan Catchpole and California Energy Markets' Jason Fordney talk about the California Independent System Operator's latest look at expanding its footprint, Southwest Power Pool's announcement that Markets+ is moving into development early, big rate-increase requests from two SoCal utilities, Puget Sound Energy's push to shut down its natural gas business, and more.