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How decades of neglect left Detroit’s grid vulnerable to powerful storms

DTE Energy, formerly Detroit Edison, previously cut branches around segments of distribution lines every nine years, while the industry standard was about five years.
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Judge digs deeper into PG&E’s suspected role in Dixie Fire

A Pacific Gas & Electric troubleshooter spent nearly two hours in federal court Monday fielding questions about whether the beleaguered utility could have turned off the electricity sooner to a power line now suspected of sparking the monstrous Dixie Fire two months ago.
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Illinois passes binding 100% clean energy bill

The Illinois legislature gave final approval Monday to a bill that sets the state on a path to 100% carbon-free power by 2045.

Biden’s proposed tenfold increase in solar power would remake the US electricity system

I think the grid of the future will need much higher levels of transmission, energy storage and programs that encourage customers to shift the times when they use power to periods when it’s most abundant and affordable.
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San Diego Gas & Electric pays $57M over botched bulb program

San Diego Gas & Electric will refund $51.6 million to ratepayers and pay a $5.5 million fine over a botched program to encourage people to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs.

FERC accepts NARUC nominees for Federal-State Electric Transmission Task Force

The Task Force invites comments on agenda topics within the following broad topic area: identifying barriers that inhibit planning and development of more efficient and effective transmission necessary to achieve federal and state policy goals.

Report: Solar could power 40% of US electricity by 2035

To achieve 40% solar power by 2035, the U.S. must install an average of 30 gigawatts of solar capacity per year between now and 2025 — double its current rate — and 60 gigawatts per year from 2025 to 2030, the report said.

Referendum would create hurdle to consumer-owned utility in Maine

Opponents of a proposal to replace the state's private utility companies with a consumer-owned utility have crafted a referendum that could create a hurdle to issuing bonds to fund the effort.
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Can burying power lines protect storm-wracked electric grids? Not always

The good news when Hurricane Ida churned into Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2021 was that levees held up – especially those that were strengthened after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005.

Lawmakers: Ida damage shows need for infrastructure upgrades

Shaken by haunting images of surging rivers, flooded roads and subways and other damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, lawmakers from both parties are vowing to upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure network.