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Gov. Newsom rejects PG&E bankruptcy plan

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CALIFORNIA: California Gov. Gavin Newsom rejects PG&E’s restructuring plan to compensate wildfire victims and exit bankruptcy, saying it does not position it to “provide safe, reliable, and affordable service.” (Sacramento Bee)

ALSO: PG&E is looking for companies to install microgrids near 20 of its substations that could keep power flowing even when transmission lines are shut off due to wildfire risk. (Microgrid Knowledge)

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OIL & GAS:
A village on Alaska’s North Slope is caught between the comfort of a new oil boom and a future with increased greenhouse gas emissions. (Washington Post)
Boulder County, Colorado, residents are looking for ways to extend the county’s moratorium on fracking. (Longmont Times-Call)
ConocoPhillips sues its former senior drilling and wells planner and several co-conspirators in Alaska for allegedly embezzling nearly $7.3 million. (Alaska Public Media)

SOLAR:
As California celebrates 1 million solar roofs, experts say a battle over the extent to which solar will be generated atop homes and businesses is set to heat up in the coming months. (Solar Power World, San Diego Union-Tribune)
Solar energy is helping to fill the economic hole left by rural Colorado’s dying coal industry, providing jobs to children of coal miners. (High Country News)
• An industry born on residential rooftops is rapidly expanding to open tracts of land and raising concerns in some communities. (E&E News)
Elon Musk says Tesla’s solar energy and storage business will grow quicker than its electric vehicle business despite heavy customer criticism and a shareholder lawsuit. (CNBC)

UTILITIES:
• An out-of-service transmission line is costing Alaska utility customers between $30,000 and $50,000 per day in additional power costs. (Anchorage Daily News)
Wyoming regulators approve a settlement allowing Black Hills Energy to consolidate base rates and tariffs as well as increase rates. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)
Las Cruces Utilities advises homeowners that natural gas costs less than propane. (Las Cruces Sun News)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A new $700 million project aims to transform waste from Utah hog farms into renewable natural gas. (Deseret News)

GRID: The Bureau of Land Management for Montana and the Dakotas issues a new policy aimed at limiting fire risk from power lines on federal land. (KOTA)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Southern California Tesla rental service is cited in an informal study aiming to evaluate how much electric vehicle batteries degrade with real-world use. (Quartz)

COMMENTARY:
A Montana editorial board says state regulators should be very wary of NorthWestern Energy’s plan to buy a larger share in Colstrip for $1. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
A think tank fellow says California consumers deserve better than PG&E and the state should give serious consideration to competitive electricity markets. (Orange County Register)
An oil and gas drilling trade and lobbying group official says there is no need for a ban on fracking in Nevada as it has been done safely in the state for decades. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 

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