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California utility’s outage strategy called ‘unacceptable’

CALIFORNIA: California’s senior utility regulator slams PG&E for its “failures in execution” and issues a series of sanctions against the bankrupt utility, demanding an overhaul of its “unacceptable” planned outages strategy. (San Francisco Chronicle)

ALSO:
• PG&E inspectors found more than 100 places where its system was damaged by recent strong winds, including downed power lines and trees that hit lines — which could have sparked wildfires. (Associated Press)
• Los Angeles fire officials have determined the destructive Saddle Ridge Fire began beneath a high-voltage transmission tower owned by Southern California Edison. (Associated Press)

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STORAGE: Duke Energy announces it will build a 5 MW battery storage project to back up power at a South Carolina community center, a jump from the smaller storage projects the utility has completed so far. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
Experts say whether or not solar and batteries can outlast an extended power outage depends on multiple factors. (Greentech Media)
A solar “skin” product allowed an Indiana resident to install solar on his roof after facing opposition from his homeowners association. (Energy News Network)
• The Midwest is expected to be a main driver of 100,000 MW of new solar over the next 10 years, according to a new report. (PV Magazine)

WIND: Federal regulators issue two federal permit approvals for Dominion Energy’s 12 MW offshore wind project in Virginia. (S&P Global)

TRANSPORTATION: New York offers $3 million in grants to local governments to install clean energy vehicle stations and rebates for clean vehicle purchases. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• The shale boom in Texas may have peaked and is starting to turn downward, according to experts and analysts. (Houston Chronicle)
About a dozen groups interested in buying a closed and bankrupt Philadelphia refinery damaged by a June explosion will tour the facility in preparation to making bids to reopen or repurpose it. (Reuters)
• Louisiana coastal parishes are suing the oil and gas industry to fund restoration of disappearing wetlands, but the future of the southern part of the state is uncertain. (E&E News, subscription) 

UTILITIES:
• A lack of urgency in some utility carbon emission pledges means they may have little impact in combating climate change. (InsideClimate News)
• Media reports say PPL and Avangrid are in merger talks that could create one of the largest utilities in the United States. (Morning Call)

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POLITICS:
• A group claiming to speak for rural Democrats and supporting a “moderate” approach to climate change has ties to fossil fuel lobbyists. (Sludge)
2020 Democratic presidential candidates make various pledges to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate change. (Vox)

COMMENTARY:
• A policy analyst says biomass is falsely promoted as clean and sustainable while it emits pollution and is not carbon-neutral. (New York Review of Books)
• A researcher says in addition to climate damages, fossil fuel extraction leads to violence against and trafficking of Native women. (Scientific American) 
• New Orleans’ grid is especially vulnerable and requires creative solutions to make it resilient, a clean energy expert writes. (Utility Dive)

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