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California figures out batteries’ climate paradox

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GRID: California regulators recently discovered that battery deployment was actually increasing emissions, and have figured out how to fix it. (Vox)

OIL AND GAS:
The first of a two-part series looking back on Colorado’s failed Proposition 112 ballot measure says it was the start of the ongoing war over oil and gas drilling in the state. (Greeley Tribune)
BP confirms the sale of its San Juan Basin natural gas and oil field assets to a European renewable energy company. (Durango Herald)

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HYDROPOWER: Idaho Power is set to voluntarily dismiss its lawsuit against the EPA involving relicensing of a hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce. (Associated Press)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E tells a federal judge it found 218 cases of damage during inspections of power lines turned off as part of the utility’s power outages last month and its planned shut-offs in Northern California limited wildfires despite one possible failure. (San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press)
PG&E also says it is examining power equipment blamed for causing the deadly and destructive Camp Fire in 2018 and which may also be linked with the start of the Kincade fire last month. (Press Democrat)
PG&E and Southern California Edison are testing a new tool that detects power line problems. (Associated Press)

WIND: A California county approves the 29-turbine Strauss Wind Energy Project. (Santa Barbara Independent)

NUCLEAR:
• The Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act could support the case for a high-level waste storage site in New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
Efforts to renew work on Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository have emerged in the U.S. Senate despite opposition. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COAL: A Colorado utility says better battery storage is needed before it can shut down the coal-fired Rawhide Energy Station. (Denver Post)

PIPELINES: Officials in Spokane, Washington are seeking assurance that operators of a gasoline pipeline will be held liable for accidents. (Spokesman-Review)

ELECTRIFICATION: Washington State Ferries, the world’s second-largest ferry operator, is switching from diesel to batteries. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: A new analysis explores the tumultuous saga of California-based SunPower in trying to survive President Trump’s trade wars. (Seattle Times) 

COMMENTARY:
An environmental strategist says the public cannot rely on the energy sector to solve our waste problem. (Energy News Network)
A Colorado editorial board says there is a lot of uncertainty about the future of the oil and gas industry in the state. (Greeley Tribune)
An environmental advocate says California’s grid needs modernizing with targeted investments. (Mercury News)
A California academic says the state must build a secure energy grid that does not start wildfires because California cannot expect federal help or guidance. (Los Angeles Times)

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