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Solar installer: California outages have ‘reset the market’

CALIFORNIA: A solar installer says power shutoffs in California have “reset” the market: “consumers who didn’t purchase in the past…are re-evaluating that decision.” (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
Placer County, California officials blame PG&E, the state, and the Bureau of Land Management for emergency proclamations, saying lands have not been properly managed and the state and feds “have done an abysmal job with fuel management.” (Roseville Today)
A Davis, California power provider says its $300 million offer to buy PG&E’s electric assets in Yolo County is fair and still open for discussion. (Sacramento Business Journal)
Battery systems installed by a Vermont utility kept the lights on for 1,100 customers during a blackout in that state last month, providing a possible model for grid resiliency in California. (Greentech Media)
California has dedicated funding since 2017 to help disadvantaged communities install solar batteries, but no installations have been completed. (High Country News)

POLITICS: Utah Sen. Mitt Romney joins the Senate Climate Caucus, calling for “productive bipartisan dialogue” on the issue. (Salt Lake Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
A new study finds a small number of leaking pipes in California are responsible for a third of the state’s methane emissions. (Discover)
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham tries to balance calls for more aggressive climate action with the state’s oil and gas industry. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

UTILITIES:
Two Colorado cooperatives tell state regulators that Tri-State Generation and Transmission has failed to tell them what it would cost for them to exit their contracts with the company. (Mountain Town News)
Montana’s utility regulator “quietly” endorsed a $6.5 million rate increase for NorthWestern Energy customers; the increase is part of a settlement brought by the utility and several customer groups. (Billings Gazette)
The Sierra Club filed a legal motion requesting access to the modeling inputs of NorthWestern Energy’s resource plan and the model itself, saying the utility apparently used modeling assumptions that favor gas-fired generation. (PV Magazine)

NUCLEAR: Uranium production in Wyoming has fallen to a 70-year low, as industry backers seek federal help. (Casper Star-Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Elon Musk says Tesla is set to debut its hotly-anticipated electric pickup truck November 21. (Mercury News)

COMMENTARY:
A former EPA official criticizes automakers backing President Trump in lawsuits to bar California from setting tailpipe emissions standards, saying “the time for greenwashing and hypocrisy is over.” (The Hill)
A San Francisco editorial board says turning PG&E into a customer-owned cooperative will only be as cost-effective as the details of a deal allowing it to be. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A Belmont, California official says a Tennessee electric utility could serve as a model for California taking over PG&E. (Daily Journal)
Two Bay Area editorial boards say San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s proposal to consider transforming PG&E into the nation’s largest customer-owned power company deserves serious consideration. (Mercury News)
Rocky Mountain Institute’s cofounder and chief scientist discusses the potential for energy efficiency and systems thinking at a conference for companies, cities, and communities accelerating the clean economy. (Greenbiz)

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