Western Energy News

An Arizona utility group sues to stop a clean energy ballot measure

RENEWABLES: A group backed by Arizona’s largest utility files a lawsuit accusing the supporters of a clean energy initiative of failing to collect enough valid signatures to place it on the November ballot. (Arizona Republic)

ALSO: Both supporters and critics of an energy choice ballot measure in Nevada have made misleading claims based on flawed data, according to new report from a local non-partisan think tank. (Nevada Independent)

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OIL AND GAS:
• A plan to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to drilling is getting an expedited environmental review by federal officials, recently obtained emails reveal. (Washington Post)
•  Citing potential wildlife impacts and concerns raised by rural landowners, Colorado’s governor asks the Bureau of Land Management to defer an oil and gas lease sale of 236,000 acres in northwest Colorado slated for December. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• New Mexico and the EPA are joining forces to explore new ways oilfield wastewater might be recycled or reused. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY:
• A Utah home builder forges a sustainable business model for constructing net-zero homes. (Utah Business)
• Montana lags behind the rest of the nation when it comes to energy efficiency and electric vehicles, according to a new report from environmentalists. (Missoula Current)

UTILITIES:
• A top ranking official with California’s largest utility lays out its lobbying “wish list” as it seeks to change state liability laws in the wake of last year’s deadly wildfires. (Bloomberg)
• Idaho regulators postpone a hearing on the proposed merger of Spokane and Toronto utilities following the sudden resignation of the Canadian company’s CEO and the mass resignation of its board of directors. (The Spokesman-Review)
• The Arizona agency that regulates utilities names an interim executive director following the resignation of the previous chief amid conflict of interest accusations. (Arizona Republic)
• Xcel Energy completes a $29 million project to improve electricity delivery to an eastern New Mexico town. (KFDA)

PUBLIC LANDS: A Utah senator backed by the oil and gas industry introduces a bill seeking to limit the creation or extension of national monuments there. (Outside)

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GREEN JOBS: Clean energy jobs in Nevada grew 4 percent from 2016 to 2017, faster than overall job growth in the state, according to new industry report. (PV Magazine)

COMMENTARY: It’s time for an Oregon utility to become the energy leader it claims to be and dump coal, an environmentalist says. (High Country News)

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