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Nevada regulators approve new net-metering rules

SOLAR: Nevada regulators approve new rules for net-metering compensation in the state, putting an end to nearly two years of contentious debate. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A prisoner reentry program is training former inmates and gang members in Los Angeles to work as solar installers. (DW)
• The Oregon Department of Energy says it plans to stop making rent payments to idled Portland solar manufacturer SoloPower, which owes around $8 million for a state loan. (Portland Business Journal)

WIND:
• Wind energy in California has hit a lull in growth over the last four years, and experts say the state is “at risk of going backward in total capacity.” (Los Angeles Times)
• A handful of developers are working on airborne wind turbines, including U.S.-based Makani Power. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE: Tesla agrees to help Vestas Wind Systems search for ways to combine wind energy with battery storage technology. (Utility Dive)

TECHNOLOGY: A Vancouver-based company with operations in Utah is trying to extract lithium – a key ingredient in battery manufacturing – from oil wastewater. (Greentech Media)

OIL AND GAS:
• As Hurricane Irma threatens to wreak havoc on Florida, fuel distributors and traders are preparing for a second supply shock following Hurricane Harvey in Texas. (Bloomberg, Reuters)
• Hurricane Harvey has caused gas shortages and elevated prices across Texas and the United States, with nearly 10 percent of the nation’s refineries still closed on Tuesday. (Washington Post)
• Many refineries, pipelines, ports and offshore platforms that were shut down as Hurricane Harvey approached land are now back in service. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• The Colonial Pipeline, which delivers gasoline from the Gulf of Mexico to the East Coast, has resumed operations following Hurricane Harvey. (The Hill)
• Developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline say they will establish butterfly and bee pollinator habitats along its 600-mile route. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

FRACKING:
• The federal government is re-investigating claims of groundwater contamination in Dimock, Pennsylvania, which was featured in the 2010 fracking documentary “Gasland.” (Associated Press)
• Environmental groups plan to appeal the approval of the first fracking permit in Illinois. (Illinois News Connection)

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy has paused the development of a nuclear reactor in Virginia, as plans for other nuclear projects in the country have been scrapped.  (Southeast Energy News)

TRANSMISSION: The recent Department of Energy grid reliability report highlights the need for “major transmission additions” to support more renewable energy. (Utility Dive)

GRID:
• A Greek company with an office in Michigan has broken a key cost barrier in submetering technology – which can monitor energy use down to individual devices. (Midwest Energy News)
• A survey finds a majority of utilities are planning to offer energy storage options to customers. (PV Magazine)
• How changes in the way PJM regulates frequency could impact the energy storage market. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS: President Trump nominates an Oklahoma politician and climate change skeptic to be the head of NASA. (Washington Post)

CLIMATE: A coalition of climate denying public charities and nonprofit organizations “helped create the circumstances” that fueled President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement. (Washington Post)

EMISSIONS: Virginia-based candy manufacturer Mars Inc. plans to spend $1 billion to cut greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain by 67 percent by 2050. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• An energy historian says even if solar, wind and storage technologies continue to progress, a reliable electric grid should include an option to generate power from natural gas with small emissions. (Real Clear Energy)
• Hurricane Harvey will fail to move public opinion on climate change, says a columnist for Axios.

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