Arizona regulators revive deregulation conversations

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CALIFORNIA FIRES:
• California regulators vote to strengthen rules governing when utilities should shut off power during dangerous conditions. (Bay Area News Group)
• California’s largest electric utility asks regulators’ permission to raise rates, which would largely go to mitigate wildfire risks.

Farm Bill includes $50M annually for renewable program

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ALSO:
• The head of Xcel Energy’s Colorado operations talks about what comes next now that the utility has pledged to go carbon-free by 2050. (Colorado Public Radio)
• Two U.S. utilities have recently concluded it’s cheaper to tear down their coal plants and build renewables than to keep operating the old plants.

Enbridge pipeline plans move forward in Michigan, Minnesota

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• Michigan officials release a final agreement with Enbridge to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Associated Press)
• Minnesota regulators deny a request to reconsider a route permit issued for Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement. (Minnesota Public Radio)

WIND: Wisconsin regulators approve Alliant Energy’s plan for a 150 MW wind project in northern Iowa.

In New England, solar was a welcome guest on Thanksgiving

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ALSO:
• Developers want to build a 5 MW solar project on 29 acres of farmland in central Massachusetts. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)
• New York-based Consolidated Edison, through new acquisitions, now claims to be the second largest solar energy producer in North America.

Federal court throws out key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit

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ALSO:
• The Virginia water control board votes to hold a hearing to consider revoking a water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
• North Carolina lawmakers hire investigators to look into Gov. Roy Cooper’s acceptance of $57.8 million for a state fund from companies building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.