Western Energy News

A new report questions a San Antonio coal plant’s sky high costs

COAL: A new report from a leading credit rating company casts doubt on the economic viability of San Antonio’s newest coal plant. (San Antonio News-Express)

ALSO:
Colorado Springs Utilities will settle a lawsuit with an environmental group alleging its downtown coal-fired power plant is responsible for more than 3,000 Clean Air Act violations. (Colorado Springs Gazette)
A Colorado coal company with mines in Montana is considering filing for bankruptcy. (Yellowstone Public Radio)

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TRANSMISSION: A Houston power provider completes a 60-mile transmission line project expected to ease price spikes and improve reliability. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL AND GAS:
The West Texas school that inspired “Friday Night Lights” is bursting at the seams with students because of the oil and gas boom in the Permian Basin. (Marfa Public Radio)
Cultural artifacts in Utah’s canyon country face new threats from oil and gas development on federal lands. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Colorado’s governor will not oppose plans to allow oil and gas drilling on 18,000 acres of federal land near the Great Sand Dunes National Park. (Denver Post)

WIND: Oklahoma’s majority leader tells the state teachers union that lawmakers will soon introduce bills placing additional taxes on the wind industry in hopes of creating additional budget savings. (The Oklahoman)

NUCLEAR: Residents opposed to a plan to build a nuclear waste repository in New Mexico say they worry for their safety. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

EFFICIENCY: The city of Denver unveils a new interactive tool to help building owners make better decisions about their energy use. (Colorado Real Estate Journal)

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SOLAR:
Salt Lake City is a rising star in solar energy development, according to a new report. (Deseret News)
Why solar generation in Dallas pales in comparison to Austin and San Antonio. (Dallas Morning News)

COMMENTARY:
The CEO of a Utah solar company says the industry will be unfazed by new tariffs since the bulk of companies’ costs aren’t in imported panels. (Salt Lake Tribune)
An Arizona columnist welcomes California billionaire Tom Steyer’s foray into state politics with his financial support of a clean energy initiative. (Arizona Daily Star)
Republicans and the state’s largest utility who want to stall renewable energy need to come up with better arguments, says the editorial board of the Arizona Daily Sun.
Two former national park superintendents say a Swedish company’s plan to build 220 wind turbines on public land in Nevada surrounded by national parks and wilderness areas is “the most misguided renewable energy project in the country.” (Las Vegas Sun)

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