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California solar generation breaks another record

SOLAR: California has likely broken a record for utility-scale solar energy production, at one point over the weekend meeting 59 percent of grid demand in CAISO territory. (PV Magazine)

ALSO: Officials with a California residential solar and energy storage installation company say the widespread deployment of its products can help the state reduce wildfire risks. (Greentech Media)

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RENEWABLES:
• A Nevada lawmaker files legislation proposing to raise the state’s renewable energy standard to 50 percent by 2030. (Greentech Media)
• A Boise music festival agrees to buy solar and wind power to run its operations. (Boise State Public Radio)

STORAGE: Officials with San Francisco startup say a fleet of batteries it’s deployed for a Southern California utility dispatched two gigawatt-hours of power over the past year, making it the world’s largest operational virtual power plant. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
• Nevada’s largest utility claims it will lose millions of dollars and be forced to charge its residential customers more for electricity unless it’s allowed to charge businesses higher exit fees. (Nevada Independent)
• Carving out a new public power company within the territory of California’s largest utility could be a costly and lengthy endeavor, as history shows. (San Francisco Chronicle)

COAL:
• Wyoming’s governor explains why he vetoed a bill authorizing the state to sue Washington over its rejection of a proposed coal export terminal. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Staffers for the agency that regulates Montana utilities say a proposal allowing a local power provider to buy a bigger share of a troubled coal plant doesn’t guarantee the facility will stay open, only that the utility will recoup its investment. (Billings Gazette)

OIL & GAS: As Colorado lawmakers debate changing the mission of the state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry, the acting director is appointed to the full-time post. (Colorado Politics)

NUCLEAR: A federal agency approves a Wyoming uranium mine expansion even though it’s not profitable at current prices. (Associated Press)

POLLUTION:
• The Washington Supreme Court hears arguments in a case challenging state environmental regulators’ authority to cap carbon pollution from industrial sources. (Associated Press)
• A Colorado congresswoman says she’ll introduce legislation requiring federal environmental regulators to set limits for hydrogen cyanide, a pollutant emitted by refineries that can cause serious health problems. (Denver Post)

WIND: A Washington utility agrees to buy 50 MW of wind power from a local project under the terms of a 20-year agreement. (Nasdaq)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board calls Yucca Mountain “a monument to unrealistic ideas and a symbol of a president who can’t be trusted to protect Nevadans.” (Las Vegas Sun)
• The youth legally challenging the federal government’s response to climate change are not “coddled snowflakes” but the future of our country, says a Washington professor of environmental history. (The Seattle Times)

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