Western Energy News

$1 billion solar-plus-storage project announced near Las Vegas

SOLAR: A developer announces plans to build a 690 MW solar-plus-storage project near Las Vegas, one of the largest such projects in the West. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Distributed solar saved California more than $650 million from 2013 to 2015, according to a new research. (PV Magazine)
• Nevada’s rooftop solar market proves to be fertile ground for those looking to scam potential customers. (Nevada Independent)

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COAL: Navajo tribal leaders say they’ve started negotiating with a New York investment firm for the purchase of an Arizona coal plant on their land. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: A growing number of utilities are working with marijuana growers to keep energy use down in Western states where pot is legal. (Marijuana Business Daily)

CLIMATE: California is swiftly cutting greenhouse emissions but not from cars, new state data shows. (San Francisco Chronicle)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Bureau of Land Management in Utah plans to hold its first statewide oil and gas lease auction in December, putting more than 330,000 acres up for drilling. (Deseret News)
• Oil and gas companies gamble on fringe plays in the Utah desert where they hope to tap into the region’s oil sands. (Bloomberg)
• Booming oil production in Colorado is fueling record output in a prolific basin that spans four states. (Bloomberg)
• California regulators grant a power plant operator approval to decomission a former oil terminal on the state’s central coast. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

UTILITIES:
• Washington regulators want more information about a proposed $6 billion sale of Spokane utility after inner turmoil at the Canadian utility that intends to buy the company. (Utility Dive)
• A Wyoming power cooperative has the lowest residential electricity rates in the nation among 813 power cooperatives, according to a new industry report. (Jackson Hole News and Guide)

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POLICY: Arizona regulators open the nation’s first docket on transactive energy, potentially giving the state the ability to trade electricity services in real time. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• A proposal to increase drilling setbacks will rob Colorado schools of much needed state revenue, says a former congressman and current headmaster of a northern Colorado school. (The Coloradoan)
• A Nevada senator’s bill would open public lands for oil and gas development and remove access for local indigenous people to nearby ancestral lands, says an American Indian activist. (Reno Gazette-Journal)
• Too many politicians fail to see the role that advanced, clean transportation can play in our economy, says the owner of a western Colorado taxi fleet that includes several electric vehicles. (Denver Post)

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