Idaho’s GOP governor acknowledges climate change

CLIMATE: Idaho’s newly-sworn in Republican governor says climate change is real and “reversing it is going to be a big darn job.” (Associated Press)

PG&E BANKRUPTCY:
• As PG&E teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, other California utilities are looking less attractive to investors worried about the state’s climate change woes. (Bloomberg)
• San Francisco’s municipal utility is considering buying PG&E’s electrical assets in the city to ensure the smooth delivery of power in the wake of the company’s planned bankruptcy filing. (Utility Dive)
• Some southern California officials and environmental advocates are worried PG&E’s bankruptcy might affect the decommissioning time table for nuclear plant. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

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SOLAR:
• San Diego has a lot of room left for large-scale solar projects, according to a recent site survey compiled by a California nonprofit.

Top economists call for carbon tax

CARBON TAX: Top economists from across the political spectrum call for a carbon tax as the best way to address climate change. (Washington Post)

SHUTDOWN:
• The chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee says the Interior Department should not allow employees to continue work on oil and gas permitting and leasing during the government shutdown. (Associated Press)
• The government shutdown’s impact on wind and solar has been minimal so far, but that could change depending on how long it lasts. (Greentech Media)

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SOLAR:
• Google will power two data centers with solar projects totaling 413 MW in Alabama and Tennessee.

Michigan pipeline monitor offline due to shutdown

PIPELINES: A crucial computer modeling system that would help officials respond to an oil spill in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac is offline due to the government shutdown. (MLive)

GRID: An Illinois court blocks the release of a report outlining a roadmap for the state’s future electric grid until a lawsuit over who was invited and allowed into study meetings is resolved. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• Whether 400 MW of solar is needed is the key question for state regulators considering AEP’s renewable energy plan in southern Ohio.

Google turns to solar for Southeast data centers

SOLAR: Google will partner with Tennessee Valley Authority to power two data centers with two solar projects totaling up to 413 MW in Alabama and Tennessee. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

ALSO:
• Florida Power & Light says it will install 30 million solar panels in Florida by 2030. (Sun Sentinel)
• NextEra Energy announces plans to expand solar in Florida and other parts of the Southeast. (E&E News, subscription)
• A 57 MW solar project with enough energy to power more than 9,000 homes comes online in South Carolina. (news release, Solar Power World)
• The Orlando Utility Commission wants to add 100 MW of solar energy to its grid by 2020.

Officials shut down two controversial wind turbines on Cape Cod

WIND:
• Town officials on Cape Cod vote to shut down two wind turbines that have been the target of nine lawsuits since they went online eight years ago. (Cape Cod Times)
• A climate change consortium on Cape Cod endorses Vineyard Wind, a proposed 800 MW wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. (CapeCod.com)

SOLAR:
• A new report ranks Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Maryland as the most friendly states to residential solar installations. (news release)
• A poultry farm in eastern Delaware installs a 275 kW solar system that’s expected to save $41,398 in electricity costs in the first year. (news release)
• A developer completes Vermont’s largest solar canopy for a science museum in Burlington.