Western Energy News

Arizona clean energy plan hits a wall

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Arizona utility regulators abruptly end a meeting on whether they should increase the state’s requirements for renewable energy after reaching a stalemate. (Arizona Republic)

OIL & GAS:
Analysts say President Trump’s new energy policy aimed at helping the Permian Basin recover from market volatility could have little effect. (E&E News)
A New Mexico official says completing remediation of a brine well site in danger of collapse could cost an additional $10 to $16 million. (Albuquerque Journal)
Environmentalists are critical of New Mexico’s regulations concerning recycled water produced during oil and gas extraction. (Santa Fe New Mexican, subscription)
Chevron announces plans to build 500 MW of renewable energy plants to power some of its global facilities, including those in the Permian Basin. (Greentech Media)

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PUBLIC LANDS:
The Bureau of Land Management releases a final environmental impact statement for a Wyoming oil and gas project. (Casper Star-Tribune)
California Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman introduces a House bill that would prohibit oil and gas exploration within one mile of Arctic polar bear dens. (The Hill)

CALIFORNIA:
A California county court rejects PG&E’s lawsuit against a fire protection district aiming to overturn restrictions on the utility’s work procedures. (Danville SanRamon)
PG&E tells investors it plans to recover fire insurance costs from ratepayers and says it is on track to meet this year’s wildfire mitigation goals. (Bloomberg, Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR:
A New Mexico underground nuclear waste repository reports two rock falls were discovered during a routine weekly review of geotechnical data. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
Also, the facility’s fire suppression system is set for a $24 million upgrade. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

EFFICIENCY: New regulations take effect in Aspen, Colorado this week to reduce emissions from the area’s luxury homes. (Mountain Town News)

SOLAR: The Department of Energy stands to lose up to $225 million on a $425 million Nevada solar energy farm due to the owner filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION: A Colorado company has begun work on a prototype electric 2-seater airplane. (Mountain Town News)

COAL ASH: The CEO of a Wyoming economic development corporation sees opportunity in Powder River Basin coal ash. (County 17)

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POLITICS: Colorado activists say that although Gov. Jared Polis has been a progressive leader, he “is not the decider on what environmental groups do.” (Colorado Politics)

COMMENTARY: A California cleantech leader says electrifying transportation can help jumpstart the economy while protecting public health. (The Hill)

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