PG&E fined $2.14 billion for wildfires

CALIFORNIA: California regulators impose a $2.14 billion penalty against PG&E for the utility’s role in causing catastrophic wildfires in 2017 and 2018. (San Francisco Chronicle)

ALSO: California’s Energy Commission has been exploring how advanced energy technologies could save Californians from more planned power outages. (GreenBiz)

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CLIMATE:
• Oregon’s House Democratic leader subpoenas 21 Republican House lawmakers over their unexcused absences, which have prevented a vote on cap and trade legislation and stalled other key bills. (Register-Guard, Associated Press)
• Small farmers in Oregon are voicing their support for cap and trade in the state.

U.S. Energy Secretary: No more money for renewable energy

RENEWABLES: Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette says spending federal money on renewables is “inappropriate” because the technology is already viable. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
• Massachusetts cities participating in municipal energy aggregation programs are “shattering expectations,” according to a new report. (Energy New Network)
• Advocates host an energy justice summit in North Carolina to discuss barriers that prevent low-income people from using renewables. (Watauga Democrat) 

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Minnesota agency issues draft permits for Line 3 pipeline

PIPELINES: A Minnesota agency issues three draft permits for the Line 3 pipeline expansion project, setting off a month-long public comment period. (MPR News)

TRANSMISSION: The ongoing dispute over a proposed Wisconsin transmission project is part of a broader debate about who pays for and benefits from the changing electric generation business. (Chicago Tribune)

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COAL:
• An Indiana Senate committee advances a bill aimed at slowing coal plant retirements with amendments that would shorten the bill’s end-date and protect ratepayers from cost increases. (Indianapolis Star)
• “Nobody’s really for this bill, so why does it keep moving?” an official with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce asks of a bill to slow coal plant retirements.

Virginia lawmakers vote to join regional cap-and-trade program

CAP-AND-TRADE: The Virginia legislature gives final approval to a measure that would make the state a full participant in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A Virginia lawmaker pulls a bill that would have given carbon allowances to two unbuilt natural gas plants under a carbon cap-and-trade program. (Virginia Mercury)

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POLICY: Senators Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, and Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, unveil an energy bill that ensures their states can continue drilling while promoting renewables. (Grist)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sues South Carolina utility SCANA and two of its top executives, alleging they “repeatedly deceived” investors and regulators by hiding problems with a nuclear project.

Massachusetts towns seeing payoff from clean energy purchases

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A new report says Massachusetts cities participating in municipal energy aggregation programs are “shattering expectations” of the amount of money they are saving in direct purchases from renewable energy providers. (Energy New Network)

ALSO: Vassar College in New York signs a contract for 100% renewable energy for its 2.3 million square foot campus as it strives toward its goal to become carbon neutral by 2030. (Environment + Energy Leader)

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PIPELINES: Pennsylvania regulators fine Sunoco $200,000 for a 2017 leak of the Mariner East 1 pipeline and order a “remaining life” study for the 89-year-old section.