Western Energy News

Arizona utility to double renewable capacity by 2021

WIND: A Tucson-area utility plans to build a 247 MW wind farm in New Mexico, which would more than double the company’s renewable energy capacity by 2021. (Arizona Daily Star)

EMISSIONS:
• Colorado Gov. Jared Polis pushes to require regulators to consider the social cost of carbon in future planning decisions. (Energy News Network)
• A small California city moves to automatically enroll all of its residents and businesses in a carbon-free electricity plan. (Yale Climate Connections)

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UTILITIES:
• California Gov. Gavin Newsom slams PG&E’s plan to retool its board of directors and stack it with hedge fund managers and others interested in “prioritizing quick profits.” (Sacramento Bee)
• A plan by Nevada’s largest utility to offer new clean energy prices for its large commercial customers to entice them to stay could have a financial impact on its other customers. (The Nevada Independent)

SOLAR:
• A subsidiary of a multinational investment company is buying 233 MW of commercial solar leases from a California company for $86 million. (Greentech Media)
• Two years after Tesla announced it would begin taking orders for solar roofs, the company won’t say how many have been installed. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Radioactive contamination from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan has been found near a remote island off the coast of Alaska. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: California’s investor-owned utilities roll out the first tests of a 2015 mandate requiring them to use real data to measure the effectiveness of their efficiency investments. (Greentech Media)

COAL: A British billionaire who has donated to environmental causes is contributing $1 million to a carbon-capture research facility in Wyoming. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• A Texas billionaire claims California’s energy policies discriminate against fossil fuel producers. (New York Times, subscription)
• An environmental group files a lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of withholding records on its plan to end a six-year moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal lands in California. (Courthouse News Service)
• After quickly clearing the Colorado Senate, a bill proposing to overhaul oil and gas regulation has its first hearing in the House. (Denver Post)
• A health clinic specializing in the treatment of oilfield workers opens in New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

POLITICS: Western Democrats grill the Trump administration’s nominee to lead the Interior Department over his past as an oil and gas industry lobbyist. (New York Times, subscription)

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PIPELINES: Opponents of a plan to build a liquefied natural gas pipeline and export facility in Oregon stage a protest outside the project developer’s offices. (Herald and News)

COMMENTARY: The Trump administration’s “energy dominance doctrine” could hurt Colorado’s wildlife and the recreation industry, says the state director of a wildlife group. (The Colorado Independent)

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