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In California, batteries replacing fossil fuel plants

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STORAGE: A utility proposes building a 200 MW energy storage facility at a former power plant site on the California coast, one of several similar projects in the state. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

ALSO: A new analysis explores how energy storage’s growth trajectory differs from the early days of solar. (Greentech Media)

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NUCLEAR: A federal judge dismisses a lawsuit aiming to stop the transfer of used nuclear fuel at Southern California’s San Onofre nuclear power plant. (Associated Press)

COAL: A federal judge orders Blackjewel to provide more detail on $75,000 in travel expenses accrued by company attorneys while Wyoming coal miners awaited back pay. (Caspar Star-Tribune)

CALIFORNIA
PG&E is reportedly close to finalizing a $13.5 billion settlement to victims of California wildfires ignited by its power lines. (Los Angeles Times)
A federal bankruptcy judge is considering approving PG&E’s $11 billion deal that would resolve claims from insurance companies. (San Francisco Chronicle)
PG&E is just over 70% done with its goal to clear 2,544 miles of overhead electric lines this year. (KTVU)
California wildfire evacuees and others are calling for PG&E to be dismantled, saying the bankrupt utility is their “biggest enemy.” (In These Times)

OIL & GAS:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce claims presidential candidates’ proposed fracking bans could cost New Mexico 142,000 jobs and $86 billion in GDP. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
Officials in a Denver suburb approve extending an oil and gas drilling moratorium for another six months. (Broomfield Enterprise)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California regulators stopped offering rebates this week for buyers of electric cars or plug-in hybrid vehicles costing more than $60,000. (San Francisco Chronicle)

SOLAR: Shell Energy and EDF Renewables sign a 15-year power purchase agreement for a 132 MW solar project in California. (Power Engineering)

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WIND: Montana’s utility regulator sets terms for a $500 million Columbus wind farm paired with battery storage. (Billings Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
A clean energy advocate details what they wish they’d said to California’s chief air regulator about clean transportation during a meeting. (Utility Dive)
An Alaskan author says state residents are right to be skeptical about Hilcorp’s acquisition of BP’s North Slope assets while a Kenai Peninsula commercial fisherman extols the virtues of having Hilcorp as a neighbor. (Anchorage Daily News)

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