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    1. California’s Wildfire Threat Could be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids

      California’s Wildfire Threat Could be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids

      California’s biggest investor-owned utilities are expected to de-energize power lines more frequently this year to stop them from igniting fires when the weather is dry and windy. It’s one of the fastest and cheapest ways for utilities to keep wildfires from sparking. But there’s an obvious downside: Whole communities can go dark for hours or even days. With those concerns in mind, some energy companies are urging state officials to incentivize microgrids and smaller standalone energy systems, such as rooftop solar paired with batteries, in fire-prone communities. Those technologies, the companies say, could help keep the lights on during preemptive power shutoffs.

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    2. Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Facility That Was Site of Massive Leak Can Reopen, State Says

      Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Facility That Was Site of Massive Leak Can Reopen, State Says

      The Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, where the largest methane leak in U.S. history forced thousands to flee their homes, can resume natural gas injections at a reduced capacity, state officials said Wednesday. The announcement follows months of inspections at the sprawling field above Porter Ranch and the implementation of new safety protocols that officials said will protect the public and stave off an energy shortage in Southern California.

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    3. Energy storage is taking on a greater role in the power grid. But how big can it get?

      Energy storage is taking on a greater role in the power grid. But how big can it get?

      In a fast-developing industry teeming with technologies that promise to be the next big thing, energy storage appears to be the biggest. Its supporters not only sing its praises but also tout what they say is its inevitability.“ We’re going to have 10 times as much energy storage on the grid by the end of this decade and that is going to impact every facet of the energy industry,” said Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Assn., an industry trade group.

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    4. Investments in new renewable plants exceeded fossil for first time

      Investments in new renewable plants exceeded fossil for first time
      Renewable energy is surpassing fossil fuels for the first time in new power-plant investments. Electricity from wind, sun, waves and biomass drew $187B last year compared with $157B for natural gas, oil and coal, according to Bloomberg. Accelerating installations of solar- and wind-power plants led to lower equipment prices, making clean energy more competitive with coal.
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