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SCE agrees to $2.2 billion payout to settle wildfire claims

The fire destroyed more than 1,600 structures, injured three firefighters and killed three people in November 2018 as it burned near Malibu.

Intersect Power fuels growth with $600 million in equity and debt

The company has a pipeline of 3.2 GW of late-stage solar and storage projects that will enter service by 2023. Its 425 MW Juno solar project is set to come online this fall.

Agencies release final report into California’s heat-related blackouts

The report confirms CAISO’s initial findings that a trio of factors were responsible for the blackouts: extreme weather conditions, resource adequacy and planning processes, and market practices. It also outlines steps that already have been taken to better ensure supply adequacy and reliability.

California craft brewery adds solar from Duke Renewables

The arrays will generate most of the brewery’s energy, which is used to brew and bottle 6 million cases of beer annually.

Water use in the West can hurt…or help…the energy sector, report says

The researchers said this is one of the first studies to show that water sector adaptation can have as large an impact on the electricity sector as the direct effect of climate change itself.

CEC awards $5 million grant for hybrid energy storage demonstration

Using the California Energy Commission grant, Indian Energy will develop, integrate, and commission innovative Hybrid Modular Storage Systems as a long-duration energy storage technology demonstration project.

Clearway flips the switch on 192 MW solar project in California

The owner-operator applauded project partners for completing the solar farm “in a year with countless headwinds.”

Morning Brief: Amazon replaces Google as world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy

Also in the brief: Battery material breakthrough of the day, Kern County coping with climate change, Longroad Energy plans $128 million solar farm north of Houston

California plans for summer 2021 with 2,000 MW of new storage

CAISO’s new CEO says that rolling blackouts last August were a pivotal moment for the state. For 2021, he is focused on ensuring the grid has ample resources — including DERs — and well-functioning markets.

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New CESA report claims California needs to deploy 55 GW of long duration energy storage by 2045

The new report is in-line with models developed by state regulators, however helping the state to achieve such rapid and exponential deployment goals will require significant regulatory and procurement overhaul.

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