Western Energy News

A new land rush in the West

OIL AND GAS: Energy speculators are buying vast acres of land in the West at bargain basement prices as the Trump administration ramps up drilling on federal lands. (New York Times)

• A new report finds that New Mexico wasted $322 million in methane gas produced on federal lands between 2008 and 2017, more than any other state. (Bloomberg)
• A northern Colorado city postpones a decision on adopting new oil and gas regulations spurred by a company’s unsuccessful attempt to drill near a former nuclear weapons site. (Boulder Daily Camera)

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• A federal judge overseeing PG&E’s criminal probation case from a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion demands to know whether the California utility played a role in recent wildfires. (Sacramento Bee)
• A San Diego utility plans on going to the California Supreme Court with its legal fight to have ratepayers pick up the tab for $379 million in damages from a 2007 wildfire. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

UTILITIES: Another Las Vegas casino is considering leaving Nevada’s largest utility, which has recently lost several large commercial customers. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

• The Canadian company developing the Keystone XL oil pipeline has asked a Montana court to allow it to resume some work on the $8 billion project. (Reuters)
• Wyoming regulators approve a $54 million, 35-mile gas pipeline project to serve about 57,000 customers in the central part of the state. (Daily Energy Insider)

TRANSPORTATION: Automakers are pushing California and the Trump administration to come up with a compromise in their dispute over the federal government’s plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE: Oakland and San Francisco have replaced the attorneys representing them in their lawsuit against several major oil and gas companies over climate change impacts. (Forbes)

SOLAR: A Kansas-based clean energy company agrees to donate $70,000 to help repair roads in southern Colorado should its proposed 100 MW solar farm move forward. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Four new electric vehicle charging stations are installed at a Denver grocery store. (Denver Post)

WIND: An Oregon utility plans to update its turbines at a Washington wind farm, boosting the project’s capacity from 94 MW to 103 MW. (reNEWS)

• Recent moves by Albuquerque and New Mexico’s largest utility to boost solar energy should be applauded, says a local editorial board. (Albuquerque Journal)
• The editorial board of the Bend Bulletin rails against the secrecy shrouding an Oregon clean fuels program.

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