Arizona utility plans 1,000 MW of new solar

SOLAR: Facing criticism about the amount of clean power it currently uses, an Arizona utility plans to add 1,000 MW of solar energy over the next seven years, a 400 percent increase over its current level. (Arizona Republic)

ALSO:
• A California solar company’s CEO talks about how she went from begging people at county fairs to become clean energy customers to running the nation’s largest residential installation company. (Greentech Media)
• Tesla slashes prices on its residential solar systems in an effort to boost sluggish sales. (Reuters)
• An Idaho winery becomes the first in the state to use solar energy. (Idaho Press)

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Feds rarely seek fines for pipeline fires, explosions

PIPELINES: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam replaces two air pollution control board members after they raised concerns and delayed a vote on an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in the historic black community of Union Hill. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

ALSO:
• Since 2010, interstate pipelines have exploded or caught fire 137 times and in 90 percent of cases, federal regulators sought no fine. (E&E News)
• Protesters have quietly been tree-sitting in Virginia in protest of the Mountain Valley Pipeline since September. (Roanoke Times)

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NATURAL GAS:
• A series of natural gas explosions outside Boston in September could have been caused, at least in part, by Columbia Gas not hiring a professional engineer when planning to replace old cast-iron gas mains in the area, according an urgent safety report issued by federal investigators.

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Illinois coal ash sites

COAL ASH: A federal judge dismisses an environmental group’s lawsuit against Dynegy coal ash pits in Illinois on jurisdictional grounds. (Champaign News-Gazette)

UTILITIES:
• A rural environmental group says Minnesota electric cooperatives don’t provide information on their websites about where their power comes from. (Energy News Network)
• An Xcel Energy official discusses the challenges and value of resource planning as more renewable energy comes online. (Daily Energy Insider)

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Virginia governor replaces regulators who questioned pipeline pollution

PIPELINES: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam replaces two air pollution control board members after they raised concerns and delayed a vote on an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in the historic black community of Union Hill. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

ALSO:
• Since 2010, interstate pipelines have exploded or caught fire 137 times and in 90 percent of cases, federal regulators sought no fine. (E&E News)
• Protesters have quietly been tree-sitting in Virginia in protest of the Mountain Valley Pipeline since September. (Roanoke Times)

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SOLAR:
• A county tax abatement deal boosts revenue for a solar project planned in Texas.

Crab industry sues Big Oil over climate impacts

CLIMATE: A coalition of West Coast commercial crab fishermen sues 30 oil and gas companies over damage to the industry caused by climate change. (InsideClimate News)

POLITICS:
• Democratic lawmakers in Nevada plan on introducing legislation to increase the state’s renewable energy standards rather than waiting until voters decide on a constitutional amendment in 2020. (Las Vegas Sun)
• Now that an Arizona clean energy initiative has been shot down, clean energy advocates question whether the state’s largest utility will make good on its promise to use more solar, wind and storage. (Utility Dive)

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