Western Energy News

Analysis finds Texas to be hit especially hard by solar tariffs

SOLAR: Texas stands to lose 674 megawatts of planned solar energy capacity as a result of recently imposed tariffs, more than any other state except California, a new analysis shows. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Colorado’s National Renewable Energy Lab would face devastating cuts under the Trump administration’s plan to cut clean energy research funding. (Denver Post)
• A company that owns two Lake Tahoe ski resorts will be getting all of its power from renewable energy sources by December, likely making the ski operator the first in the nation to completely abandon fossil fuels. (Bloomberg)

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OIL AND GAS: The offshore oil industry looks to benefit from a series of recently announced deepwater discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES:
• An Arizona utility asks regulators to dismiss a citizens group’s request that its rate increase case be taken up again. (Arizona Republic)
• Oklahoma regulators approved a request from the state’s largest utility to increase its base rates, but stopped short of saying just how much more customers will pay. (The Oklahoman)

WIND: Wind energy generation in Colorado increased by 34 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to a new industry report. (BizWest)

POLICY:
• Colorado updates its climate plan by adding new goals for renewable energy use and electric vehicles. (UPI)
• The New Mexico land commissioner says military rules that prohibit energy development and other land use activities near the White Sands Missile Range is costing the state millions of dollars in lost earnings. (Las Cruces Sun)

NUCLEAR: The recent sale of company that owns a proposed nuclear waste dump in West Texas breathes new life into whether the Lone Star states should become home to storage facility for radioactive waste. (Odessa American)

COMMENTARY:
• The nation’s public lands are being sold off to support oil and gas development under the Trump administration and the public is being shut out of the process, says a Western writer. (High Country News)
• The editorial board of the Santa Fe New Mexican urges lawmakers not to rush debate on legislation they say would allow the state’s largest power provider to pass along the cost of its investments in coal-fired power plants to thousands of customers.

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