Boulder may not be breaking up with Xcel after all

UTILITIES: Officials in Boulder, Colorado have reached an agreement with Xcel Energy that could end the city’s yearslong effort to form a municipal utility if voters approve it in November. (Boulder Daily Camera)

ALSO: FERC approves an equity fund’s $4 billion acquisition of an El Paso utility that also serves parts of New Mexico. (Power Engineering)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• A study finds the renewable energy industry has created more than 6,300 jobs in eastern Colorado, with 15 counties producing over 95% of the state’s renewable energy capacity.

Arizona utility reports findings on grid battery fire

GRID: An Arizona utility details the cause of the country’s most high-profile grid battery fire and new safety requirements to prevent failures at current and future battery installations in a new report to state regulators. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A California pilot project aims to measure the economic value of home-based batteries as a grid management tool. (Greentech Media)
• Experts debate whether a massive solar and storage project powering a Nevada data center can be replicated. (Greentech Media)

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PG&E says Camp Fire power line could still be hazardous

CALIFORNIA: PG&E tells a federal judge that the transmission line that started 2018’s deadly and destructive Camp Fire could still be a hazard despite being shut off. (San Francisco Chronicle)

ALSO: Several nonprofit competitors to PG&E in Northern California say a recent decision by state regulators could have adverse long-term impacts on their ability to succeed. (The Almanac)

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HYDROPOWER: Native American tribes continue to raise concerns about a proposed pumped hydropower project in Washington State.

In Wyoming, EPA backs controversial uranium mining method

NUCLEAR: The EPA announces an agreement that will boost uranium production in Wyoming by removing hurdles for a mining process that advocates warn increases pollution and strains scarce water resources. (Casper Star Tribune)

COAL:
• New Mexico’s Supreme Court rules that state regulators cannot require utilities to seek permission before shutting down a power plant. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• The bankruptcy of Rhino Resources puts at risk about 550 jobs at mines in Utah and other states. (WVPB)

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Settlement reached in 2016 California oil spill

OIL & GAS: The companies responsible for a 2016 oil spill in Southern California agree to pay $1.6 million in civil penalties, costs, and natural resources damage. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
• Chevron is using one of California’s clean energy programs to produce oil more cheaply, which environmentalists say could undermine the program’s aim to usher in more renewable fuels. (Bloomberg)
• Montana Gov. Mark Gordon is pleased with a federal ruling that will allow the state to resume litigation challenging a rule that forces energy companies to capture and use natural gas rather than vent or flare it. (Cowboy State Daily)

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