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Delivery drones could cut emissions, depending on how they’re used

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TECHNOLOGY: A new analysis explores how using drones for deliveries could be better for the environment than trucks, depending on how and where they are deployed. (Los Angeles Times)

OIL & GAS:
Hilcorp and a drilling contractors each paid $25,000 fines earlier this year after a worker died at a company rig on Alaska’s North Slope. (Alaska Public Media)
The U.S. Department of Energy awards $300,000 in funding to a California carbon capture project. (Environmental + Energy Leader)

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CALIFORNIA:
PG&E’s power shut-offs have introduced a “new form of curtailment risk” for independent power producers, a credit ratings firm warns. (Greentech Media)
California utilities are experimenting with new technology that could help prevent power shut-offs and equipment-related wildfires. (Sacramento Bee)
Wealthy Californians are paying $30,000 for backup generators in a bid to ease the pain of PG&E’s planned power outages. (E&E News, subscription)
The City of Cypress, California, plans to power city buildings with solar after being presented with an energy cost savings proposal. (Voice of OC)

UTILITIES:
Montana utility regulators say NorthWestern Energy must spend a minimum $3.2 million a year on removing trees near power lines. (Montana Public Radio)
Western companies are among small, regional utilities located near critical infrastructure targeted in a cyberattack. (Utility Dive)
A new survey indicates state regulators view fossil-fuel generation continuing to play a key role in the nation’s energy mix over the next ten years. (Utility Dive)
An Arizona regulator proposes an independent investigation into the state’s largest electric utility over bad advice the company’s website offered customers. (Arizona Republic)

OVERSIGHT: Utility Commissioners for Oregon and Idaho are among three regulators expressing concerns about FERC’s proposed changes to the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act. (Utility Dive)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management is opening an estimated 500,000 acres of public land in Wyoming to coal leasing despite climate concerns. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COAL:
Critics question claims in a carbon capture proposal for New Mexico’s San Juan Generating Station, saying the plan is “overly optimistic.” (New Mexico Political Report)
Navajo Nation’s president says the Navajo Transitional Energy Company must keep the public and Nation informed about its ongoing bond issues with its newly-acquired mines in Montana and Wyoming. (Navajo Times)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A unique $43 million Salt Lake City, Utah “digester” facility is set to turn food waste into natural gas. (Deseret News)

STORAGE: A new analysis explores how alternative storage solutions are cracking the lithium-ion-dominated market. (Utility Dive)

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SOLAR: Colorado regulators and Xcel Energy are considering expanding community solar power in the Denver metro area. (Denver Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: A California sustainability advocate says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can play a big role in climate-change legislation. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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