Investigation says PG&E neglect to blame for deadly 2018 fire

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! CALIFORNIA: A state investigation finds a neglected PG&E transmission tower is to blame for the 2018 Camp Fire that killed 85 people. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
• The new report will likely make PG&E’s emergence from bankruptcy much more difficult. (New York Times)
• Cal Fire’s own independent electrical expert casts doubt on the agency’s investigation clearing PG&E of blame for the massive Tubbs Fire. (NBC Bay Area)

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Solar tariffs will cost 62,000 jobs, industry warns

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! SOLAR: A U.S. solar industry report warns that President Trump’s tariffs will cost the country 62,000 jobs and $19 billion in investment. (Reuters) 

CLIMATE:
• Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels hit a record high in 2019 even as coal emissions declined slightly, according to researchers. (New York Times)
• Exxon wants to move the Massachusetts lawsuit against it to federal court, saying it is not a consumer protection case.

Wind supporters say Ohio bill is an ‘attack on landowner rights’

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Without incentive programs to shift electric vehicle charging away from peak times, a Minnesota electric cooperative fears infrastructure challenges. (Energy News Network) 

WIND:
• An Ohio bill that would subject wind projects to local votes is an “attack on landowner property rights,” a clean energy business group says. (Toledo Blade)
• South Dakota regulators approve a construction permit for a 155 MW wind project. (Daily Energy Insider)

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OHIO: FirstEnergy Solutions is optimistic that a law creating subsidies for nuclear and coal plants will be upheld, though opponents continue their referendum effort.

Alabama regulators approve plans for massive wood pellet plant

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! BIOMASS: Alabama environmental regulators approve plans for Enviva to build a $175 million wood pellet plant that could eventually produce more than 1 million tons per year for use in power plants in Europe and Asia. (AL.com)

PIPELINES:
• A reporter travels the 600-mile route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which has united a diverse community of activists determined to halt its progress. (Grist, bioGraphic)
• A Texas construction company is no longer working on the Mountain Valley Pipeline after developers cancel its contract.

Prosecutor says pipeline developer used cops to intimidate opponents 

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! PIPELINES: A district attorney in eastern Pennsylvania charges the developer of the Mariner East pipeline of using state constables as a private security force that allegedly intimidated residents along the pipeline route. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO: A pipeline developer caught in the gas supply dispute between New York and a utility has pulled its permit applications for the New Jersey part of the project. (Bloomberg)

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