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California approves diesel trucks and ships pollution cuts

TRANSPORTATION: California air quality officials approve regulations aimed at significantly reducing pollution from diesel trucks and ships. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: State regulators approve Southern California Edison’s $437 million electric vehicle infrastructure program for 38,000 new charging stations, believed to be the largest program of its kind in the U.S. (Reuters)

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GRID: California regulators approve previously announced utility contracts for nearly 1.2 GW of battery storage capacity, one of the largest in the U.S. (Bloomberg)

COAL:
• Conservation groups allege the Bureau of Land Management’s plans for fossil fuel development in the Powder River Basin violated federal law and a 2018 court order. (Bloomberg Law)
• Montana regulators are to decide in December on NorthWestern Energy’s proposed 92-MW acquisition in Colstrip Unit 4. (Montana Public Radio)
• A Wyoming coal mine is to be the site for a pilot-scale demonstration project aimed at reducing electricity costs and emissions. (University of Wyoming News)

CALIFORNIA:
California regulators plan to release a complete analysis of the root cause of the power supply problems that necessitated implementing rolling blackouts earlier this month. (San Francisco Chronicle)
PG&E says it has restored power to more than 30,000 customers in northern and central California wildfire evacuation zones. (Bay City News Service)
A credit ratings agency releases a new report exploring how California’s rolling blackouts and wildfires emphasize the “challenging utility operating environment in a state prone to natural disasters.” (S&P Global)
Distributed energy resources are helping to offset the impacts of larger power outages. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Construction has started on a renewable energy resource project to improve resilience on an outage-prone section of the California coast. (Santa Barbara News-Press)

STORAGE: A German energy storage company is planning a “virtual power plant” of connected solar panels and batteries across seven California apartment complexes. (Verge)

CARBON: A New Mexico county advances its Carbon Free Power Project in a 5-2 vote. (Los Alamos Daily Post)

COMMENTARY:
A New Mexico editorial board criticizes state regulators for failing to make significant progress toward renewable energy without sacrificing reliability of the state’s grid. (Albuquerque Journal)
An Arizona lawmaker says large-scale solar energy initiatives could boost the state’s post-pandemic economic future. (Arizona Central)

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