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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)

• 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)

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)

• 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) 

• 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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• 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)

• 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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