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Wyoming net metering fight expected to be revived

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Despite the failure of a bill to reduce net metering rates in Wyoming, a state lawmaker says he’ll continue to raise the issue. (Cowboy State Daily)

CALIFORNIA:
California regulators say the deadly and destructive Camp Fire in 2018 is part of PG&E’s “pattern” of poor maintenance. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A former top California regulator says the state needs to take over PG&E and other utilities, creating a state power company; meanwhile, state regulators are likely to reject utility requests for higher profit allowances. (Los Angeles Times)
A new data visualization project explores the impact of PG&E shut-offs in October and November on people dependent on electric medical equipment in Northern California. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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STORAGE:
New energy storage research indicates California’s planned power outages will drive U.S. storage market growth in 2020. (Greentech Media)
A new analysis explores the limits of whole home battery backup, notably for extended blackouts. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR: A House Democrat questions why a contractor with a questionable track record is helping clean up uranium waste sites on the Navajo Nation. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
A new oil and gas land database could help Permian Basin operators access New Mexico public land data. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
New Mexico’s Environment Department will begin technical and research activities on fracking fluids next month in the wake of public meetings on the state’s plans for produced water. (New Mexico Political Report)
Wyoming tax collections increased for fiscal year 2019 thanks to oil activity. (Caspar Star-Tribune)

SOLAR: Advocates of community solar say it should play a central role in clean energy policies, but there are still obstacles to work out. (Greentech Media)

NATURAL GAS: Oregon regulators give a proposed natural gas plant another nine months to find a power buyer despite opposition. (Portland Business Journal)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new $300 million electric vehicle plant in Arizona could create 4,800 direct and indirect jobs in the next decade. (Arizona Republic)

COMMENTARY:
An MIT researcher says deep decarbonization requires nuclear energy, citing California’s deployment of renewable energy. (Utility Dive)
A California columnist says the power supply of every resident in the state should be replaced with a solar power system. (The Union)

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