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California power outages fueling interest in home batteries

SOLAR: Much of the new demand for solar-plus-storage across the U.S. is driven by the impact of PG&E’s planned power outages in California. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: Arizona-based solar panel manufacturer First Solar will pay out $350 million in claims for a class action lawsuit filed by shareholders in 2012 over warranty costs. (Greentech Media)

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California Democrats announce a Green New Deal that would aim to transition the state completely off of fossil fuels by 2030. (Sacramento Bee)
A project at a Colorado industrial cement plant would target capturing 725,000 metric tons of carbon per year. (Houston Chronicle)
A new report indicates that regulations may not be the sole reason for California’s dramatic reductions in emissions over the past decade. (Courthouse News Service)

A Colorado congressman helped extend the Save Energy Act, allowing homeowners to deduct up to $500 on their taxes when they purchase energy efficient improvements for their homes. (CBS Denver)
Public buildings in Oakland and San Diego, California are to undergo $9.8 million in energy saving upgrades this year. (Environment + Energy Leader)

STORAGE: The California Energy Commission is sinking $11 million into energy storage technologies other than lithium-ion batteries. (Utility Dive)

PG&E’s bankruptcy and public safety power shut-offs remain on the agenda for California legislators returning to work this week. (KQED)
PG&E contractors in Paradise, California cut down a tree that landed on a power line, damaging a nearby house. (Action News Now)

CLIMATE: Utah researchers release seven recommendations to guide legislators in addressing the state’s climate and air quality concerns. (Deseret News)

Environmental and health groups are concerned that the EPA’s plans for tougher truck emissions regulations could undermine state efforts including California’s. (The Hill)
• Washington State Ferries aims to reduce emissions on one of its busiest routes by converting a Jumbo Mark II vessel from diesel fuel to hybrid-electric propulsion. (KING5)

TECHNOLOGY: Honolulu apartments are being equipped with grid-interactive water heaters that can help manage demand. (Pacific Business Journal, subscription)

COAL: Experts say the lack of recent closures of Powder River Basin coal mines may be short-lived as coal production continues to decline in the region. (WyoFile, Associated Press)

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GEOTHERMAL: A new agreement between a Hawaii utility and a geothermal company could result in lower electric bills. (Associated Press) 

COMMENTARY: A California columnist says that how — and if — PG&E should be reconfigured is an issue that needs attention. (CALmatters)

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