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Utility equipment suspected in deadly California wildfire

UTILITIES: Pacific Gas & Electric discloses to investors that California investigators have seized equipment suspected of causing the deadly Zogg fire that killed four people and burned 56,000 acres last month. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
• Duke Energy says it will double renewable generation by 2025 and eliminate or offset methane emissions from its natural gas business by 2030. (Florida Politics)
• Minnesota regulators ask Xcel Energy for more details on its demand response program after cities and clean energy groups raise concerns. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Overdue oil and gas pipelines across the U.S. face a little-known problem when pipeline material is stored outside and becomes more susceptible to corrosion. (InsideClimate News)
• Federal regulators lift a stop-work order for the Mountain Valley Pipeline and give the developer another two years to finish the project. (Roanoke Times)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Fishing groups cast doubt on job prospects anticipated from offshore wind development while advocates cite permanent employment created by European projects. (Energy News Network)
• The U.S. Navy says it will work with a central California group to identify a region for an offshore wind project. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Clean energy advocates hope the proliferation of solar projects in Florida can help break the partisan deadlock over climate change. (Palm Beach Post)
• Illinois regulators will analyze Ameren’s data on whether it has reached a cap that would affect new net metering customers. (Utility Dive)
• A New Mexico company that makes solar tracker equipment is set to become the first and largest company of its kind to go public. (PV Magazine)

COAL:
• Coal plants operated by regulated, vertically integrated utilities are less likely to be uneconomically dispatched compared to merchant plants in MISO’s region, according to the grid operator’s independent market monitor. (Utility Dive)
• Wyoming regulators say Pacificorp’s plan to transition from coal to renewables lacks proper analysis, transparency and modeling, and fails to consider other alternatives. (WyoFile)
• A southeastern Ohio town historically reliant on the coal industry seeks to reinvent itself as an eco-tourist destination. (Columbus Dispatch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A $54 million expansion at a Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama will support electric vehicle production and more than 370 new jobs. (Tuscaloosa News)

HURRICANE DELTA: Gulf Coast oil and gas operations begin to restart, utility crews work to restore power, and Louisiana residents start to pick up the pieces again in the wake of Hurricane Delta. (Reuters, WBRZ, NOLA.com)

COMMENTARY: Clean energy consultants and entrepreneurs say rebuilding a clean energy economy must be intentionally inclusive of communities of color. (Energy News Network)

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