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In the California desert, a clean energy goldmine

CLEAN ENERGY: The Obama administration says a Rhode Island-sized swath of California desert could host 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy – equivalent to the current solar capacity for the entire U.S. (Mother Jones)

WIND: A proposed Massachusetts offshore wind farm would be the world’s largest. (Bloomberg)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Utilities and regulators discuss how to maintain reliability as carbon regulations prompt changes in the energy mix. (Utility Dive)
• An Ohio utility’s CEO says the Clean Power Plan can help the utility as it moves to diversify its energy mix. (Columbus Business First)

CLIMATE: Shareholders push ExxonMobil to take more responsibility on climate change. (InsideClimate News)

UTILITIES:
• Former FERC chair Jon Wellinghoff warns utilities that investments in natural gas infrastructure could backfire as energy storage becomes more viable. (Bloomberg)
• Regulators discuss how to deal with an expected surge in electricity demand as legalized marijuana growing operations expand. (SNL)

SOLAR:
• A California solar plant is burning enough natural gas to qualify for the state’s cap-and-trade program. (Riverside Press-Enterprise)
• Utilities in Florida have poured millions into their bid to defeat third-party solar sales. (Tampa Bay Times)
• As Nevada regulators prepare to take up net metering, an industry-backed poll finds strong support for existing policies. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A judge allows a lawsuit challenging an Arizona utility’s solar fees to proceed. (Greentech Media)
• A developer is working on ten utility-scale solar projects in Montana. (Montana Standard)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy has paid $92 million of the fines and restitution stemming from its Dan River coal-ash spill with a remaining $10 million still owed for wetlands mitigation. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COAL:
• Despite power plant retirements, U.S. demand for coal is expected to be as strong in 2016 as it was this year. (Bloomberg)
• Efforts to improve water quality in an Ohio stream polluted by drainage from coal mines may be having unintended consequences, according to new research. (Midwest Energy News)
• Clergy members discuss a “spiritual crisis” as coal’s decline disrupts the identities of Appalachian communities. (National Catholic Reporter)

OIL AND GAS: “We’ve got an earthquake issue”: An Oklahoma regulatory spokesman says the state now experiences more earthquakes than anywhere else on earth. (Enid News)

WASTE TO ENERGY: A Missouri anaerobic digester is expected to recover 2.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas each year from manure produced by Smithfield Foods pork production. (Fox2 St. Louis)

TRANSPORTATION: Could electric bikes transform urban transportation in ways the Segway didn’t? (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY: Why oil and gas companies are pushing for action on climate change. (Reuters)

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