Western Energy News

Announcement expected today on Arizona coal plant’s future

COAL: Tribal leaders say they will make an announcement this morning regarding the future of an Arizona coal plant facing closure. (Associated Press)

WIND: Oklahoma state senators vote down a bill that would have abolished tax credits for the wind industry. (Tulsa World)

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GRID:
• Texas’s grid operator expects to have more power reserves than originally forecast this summer, easing concerns about price spikes and outages. (Houston Chronicle)
• Xcel Energy files plans with Texas regulators to pursue $65 million worth of power grid upgrades in the state’s panhandle region. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

RENEWABLES: Nevada regulators vote to adopt a widely criticized report assessing the potential impacts of a clean energy initiative. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• Environmentalists file a pair of lawsuits claiming the Trump administration ignored policies meant to protect two species of imperiled birds when selling oil and gas leases in several Western states. (Associated Press)
• The booming Permian Basin in West Texas dominates talk at an offshore drilling industry conference. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Colorado scientist tells state regulators that she believes drilling is responsible for high levels of benzene in her son’s blood. (The Denver Channel)
• As drilling surges in the Permian Basin, West Texas is in the midst of a full-fledged oil boom. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• A pipeline leak releases oil and gas wastewater into a creek in western Colorado. (Durango Herald)
• A year after a deadly explosion, new rules for oil and gas flow lines go in effect in Colorado today. (Aspen Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new audit finds Tesla is on track to meet its hiring goals in Nevada. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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UTILITIES: Utilities in Arizona, Nevada and Michigan are pushing back against clean energy initiatives set to go to voters in the fall. (Daily Energy Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• A former Colorado state senator throws his support behind a plan being considered by Colorado regulators that he says will provide jobs in rural communities and lower electricity bills. (Greeley Tribune)
• The federal government has a responsibility to do right by the tribes that depend on an Arizona coal plant facing closure, says a former Energy Secretary advisor. (The Hill)
• It’s time for New Mexico to have a governor who understands the economic potential of solar energy, says a solar industry employee. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• Solar power is cool, literally and figuratively, and should be a part of Denver’s green roof ordinance, says a Colorado writer. (Colorado Real Estate Journal)

 

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