California lawmakers open door for nuclear power plant to continue operating

NUCLEAR: California lawmakers pass bill to loan $1.4 billion to Pacific Gas & Electric and others support the utility’s bid to keep the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Generating Station in operation beyond his planned retirement date of 2025. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL: Hawaii’s only coal plant shuts down, forcing utilities to rely on fuel oil until solar and wind installations delayed by supply chain constraints come online. (Los Angeles Times)

OIL GAS:
California lawmakers pass bill prohibit new oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of homesschools or other “sensitive receptors”, while requiring monitoring of emissions from existing wells in the buffer zone. (Los Angeles Times)
Hawaiian families are suing the federal government for allegedly failing to warn residents that drinking water had been contaminated by leaks from a US Navy fuel storage facility. (USA Today)
The Biden administration asks a federal court review its ban on new oil and gas licenses off the coast of California, after a court previously blocked the ban. (Reuters)
More than 1,000 oil and gas wells in New Mexico remain inactive under a state program allowing companies to temporarily stop running pumps during the pandemic. (KUNM)
Watchdog group finds oil and gas companies flared or vented nearly $1 billion worth of natural gas operations on public lands over the past decade, robbing federal coffers of some $76 million in royalties. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION: California lawmakers pass a bill that offer a tax credit of $1,000 low-income households who do not own a car. (Bloomberg)

GRID: California Governor Gavin Newsom declare a state of emergency and grid operators are calling for statewide electricity conservation measures as a prolonged heat wave moves through the region. (Mount Shasta News)

UTILITIES:
• California lawmakers pass bill to expedite review of Pacific Gas & Electric plan bury 10,000 miles of power lines to reduce the risk of forest fires. (Bloomberg)
• San Diego Gas & Electric funds a California college’s tuition-free program that trains arborists to remove trees away from power lines to reduce the risk of forest fires. (San Diego Times)

CLIMATE: Irvine, Calif. climate activists say the city isn’t doing enough to achieve its goal of becoming a zero-carbon economy by 2030. (Los Angeles Times)

STORAGE: California Governor Gavin Newsom signs a bill to accelerate the deployment of energy storage ending the requirement that land be subdivided when leased for storage.
(Energy Storage News)

SOLAR:
Colorado utility completes construction of a 4.5 MW solar installation plus storage on a college campus in the western part of the state. (9News)
• A University of Hawaii complete the construction of one of the largest solar parking canopies in the country. (Press release)
• California lawmakers pass a bill requiring major utilities to create community solar programs for low-income customers. (Press release)

EFFICIENCY: Generators installed on stationary exercise bikes at a California gym return human energy to the grid. (Spectrum News)

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