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California utility wants out of the generation business

UTILITIES: With community choice energy movement taking root in San Diego, a local utility is looking to quit the electricity procurement business and focus on grid infrastructure. (Greentech Media)

TRANSPORTATION: Federal environmental regulators and their California counterparts say they are nowhere near coming to an agreement in their dispute over the Trump administration’s plan to lower fuel economy standards and strip the state’s authority to set tailpipe emissions limits. (Bloomberg)

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STORAGE: Tesla is planning to buy a San Diego-based battery storage company for $218 million, a purchase that will give the company more access to cells, modules and battery systems for its electric vehicles. (Mashable)

SOLAR:
• Opposition from homebuilders and cost could deter other states from adopting California’s rooftop solar mandate for new homes. (Stateline)
• A California startup raises $20 million to help fund its quest to become the nation’s premier solar software provider. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR: Nevada is appealing a federal judge’s decision to deny an injunction to block plutonium shipments from South Carolina. (Las Vegas Sun)

CLIMATE: The Trump administration continues to urge an appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Oregon children who say the federal government has failed to act against climate change. (The Hill)

COAL:
• Colorado lawmakers begin debating a bill that seeks to refinance aging coal-fired power plants in order to shift their financial burden from ratepayers to bondholders. (The Denver Channel)
• As climate change worries increase and the nation’s appetite for coal diminishes, Montana lawmakers debate the future of the state’s struggling coal industry. (University of Montana Legislative News Service)

EFFICIENCY: Hawaii, Colorado, Washington and California make the list of the top ten states for nationally certified energy efficiency projects. (Big Island Now)

OIL & GAS:
• New Mexico realtors are reporting record-breaking home sales in the heart of the state’s oil patch. (Hobbs News-Sun)
• New Mexico environmentalists and oil and gas industry officials debate the merits of a bill that would put a four-year moratorium on state permits for hydraulic fracturing. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• Opponents of drilling in a national wildlife refuge in Alaska say federal land managers aren’t giving them sufficient opportunities to comment on the plan. (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

COMMENTARY: PG&E’s bankruptcy could lead to some positive outcomes if it ushers in some needed improvements to its outdated electricity system, says a program director for a California non-profit focused on clean energy. (Utility Dive)

 

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