Biden donates $1.1 billion to keep Diablo Canyon running

NUCLEAR: The Biden administration is awarding $1.1 billion to Pacific Gas & Electric to help the utility keep central California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant running beyond its scheduled 2025 shutdown. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is asking the Biden administration to block an interim storage facility for spent reactor fuel planned for the southeastern part of the state. (Karlsbader Strom-Argus)

MONEY: Environmental groups have criticized the US Environmental Protection Agency for backing a Trump-era decision to allow two coal-fired power plants in Utah to run on outdated environmental protection equipment. (E&E News)

RECONCILIATION: A New Mexico official says the state’s energy transition law is moving too slowly to prevent laid-off coal workers from leaving their communities. (KUNM)

NATURAL GAS: Two Alaskan utilities are considering importing liquefied natural gas from Canada after an oil and gas company warned its wells in the state may not be able to meet future demand. (Anchorage Daily News)

SOLAR:
• A solar developer plans to offset the impact of its utility-scale installations on environmentally sensitive habitats by ending grazing on 215,000 acres of state land, drawing opposition from California ranchers. (Bakersfield Californian)
Environmentalists, tribes and some Nevada residents are fighting back the proposed $2 billion Greenlink transmission project, which would transport electricity from utility-scale solar projects across the state. (CLASS)
American Express is helping fund a Utah utility’s efforts to expand access to its rooftop solar and energy storage incentive program for underserved communities and people of color. (KSL)

WIND: California researchers are developing a framework to minimize the impact of offshore wind turbines on seabirds and other marine life. (press release)

GEOTHERMAL: A 1,600-room Nevada casino resort relies on geothermal energy for heating and cooling, saving at least $6 million in energy costs. (The Bulletin)

TRANSPORT:
• An Arizona advocacy group finds that the state’s largest cities could collectively save $80 million by electrifying municipal fleets. (East Valley Tribune)
A California transportation agency will add 33 hydrogen-powered buses to its fleet over the next three months. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
• Oregon advocates are urging regulators to introduce indirect emissions regulations to help the state meet its diesel pollution reduction goals. (Oregonian)

Utilities:
• California regulators fined Southern California Edison $1 million after the utility’s equipment was found to have started the 2019 Easy Fire. (press release)
An Arizona electric utility releases a documentary calling on other electric utilities to join efforts to expand the power supply to homes in the Navajo Nation. (public power)

NETWORK: A hot air balloon crashes into power lines in New Mexico, leaving Albuquerque residents without power. (Albuquerque Journal)

COMMENT: A California editor says state regulators’ new proposal to cut compensation for solar roofs will hamper adoption, although it scraps a onerous “solar tax.” (Los Angeles Times)

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