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Investigation says PG&E neglect to blame for deadly 2018 fire

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CALIFORNIA: A state investigation finds a neglected PG&E transmission tower is to blame for the 2018 Camp Fire that killed 85 people. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
The new report will likely make PG&E’s emergence from bankruptcy much more difficult. (New York Times)
Cal Fire’s own independent electrical expert casts doubt on the agency’s investigation clearing PG&E of blame for the massive Tubbs Fire. (NBC Bay Area)

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TRANSPORTATION:
The Trump administration wants California’s lawsuit seeking to preserve its authority to set tougher auto emissions standards thrown out, saying state regulations contravenes a federal agency’s power to set a uniform fuel economy standard for the nation. (Bloomberg)
Los Angeles has a new plan to reduce pollution and emissions 25% above existing commitments through electrification of its transportation sector by 2028. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE:
Nevada regulators propose a 1,000 MW statewide energy storage target for utilities for the end of 2030. (Utility Dive)
A new analysis explores California’s focus on maximizing the use and storage of renewable energy to meet climate goals. (T&D World)

SOLAR: Solar advocates support the decision of Colorado’s utility regulator to fast-track proposed community solar garden rules. (Denver Post)

OIL & GAS:
A new analysis explores the major milestone the U.S. recently reached as a petroleum exporter, citing Permian Basin and Bakken shale production. (Washington Post)
A leading natural gas trade association broadly supports taxing carbon emissions, without endorsing a specific plan. (Houston Chronicle) 

COAL:
Wyoming’s top utility regulator says regulators should “ask tough questions about carbon capture” before closing coal-fired plants. (Utility Dive)
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon confirms the U.S. Department of Energy plans to partner with the University of Wyoming to accelerate research on carbon capture technology at two of the state’s coal-fired power plants. (Casper Star-Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: Bellevue, Washington officials approved Puget Sound Energy’s permit to build a portion of a proposed 16-mile power line despite opposition. (Seattle Times)

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POLLUTION: Utah residents are urged to take public transit, and wood-burning bans are in place as a pollution-trapping inversion takes hold over the next several days. (Deseret News)

COMMENTARY:
A Montana editorial board says state utility regulators have many urgent decisions to make concerning NorthWestern Energy, the state’s largest utility. (The Missoulian)
A columnist says climate resilience will come from prioritizing humans, citing California’s struggles with wildfires and bankrupt utility PG&E. (Quartz)
A California radio show discusses PG&E’s possible future in the wake of a detailed report on the utility’s safety and regulation violations by the state’s utility regulator. (KCBS Radio)
Wyoming “is going to have to deal with a new economic syndrome: The long, slow death of coal.” (High Country News)

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