Morning Brief: Rare Utah earthquake knocks out power to 55,000

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A 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit Utah on Wednesday morning, knocking out power and rattling residents already shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic. About 55,000 people lost electricity in the Salt Lake City Area, utility Rocky Mountain Power said. It was the largest earthquake in Utah since 1992.

Live blog — dozens of aftershocks hit Wasatch Front.  Source: The State Journal-Register, Fox 13 Salt Lake City

Last week, Rocky Mountain Power, the state’s largest utility, temporarily suspended disconnecting electric service due to the coronavirus.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed details of 21 large-scale solar, wind and storage projects that will bring 1,278 MW of capacity and more than $2.5 billion in direct, private investments to the upstate region. The developers behind the 21 projects are: Boralex, SunEast Development, ​NextEra Energy Resources, East Light Partners, TerraForm Power, Terra-Gen, Empire Renewable​s and ConnectGen​. Source: Utility Dive

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