Western Energy News

Arizona water utility further dashes hopes for Navajo coal plant

COAL: An Arizona water utility signs a 20-year power purchase agreement with a solar company, rejecting a pitch by a company seeking to buy the Navajo coal plant set to close next year. (High Country News)

ALSO:
• About 80 jobs would be lost at Xcel Energy’s coal-fired power plant in southern Colorado as part of the company’s ambitious new plan to amp up its clean energy portfolio and cut carbon emissions. (Pueblo Chieftain)
• A Colorado electric utility is backing a carbon capture test facility in Wyoming. (Colorado Public Radio)

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UTILITIES:
• The small utility that serves Aspen, Colorado is already running entirely on clean energy, and recent upgrades to a Nebraska wind farm will help it cut costs even further. (Western Energy News)
• Xcel Energy’s recently unveiled Colorado power plan does not include any new natural gas plants. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

SOLAR: U.S. Senators from Nevada and New Mexico introduce a bill seeking to repeal President Trump’s recent tariff on imported solar panels. (Nevada Independent)

NUCLEAR:
• A move by Congressional Democrats from Nevada to strip funding for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage project dies on the House floor. (Las Vegas Review Journal)
• Meanwhile, the head of a Nevada nuclear agency said there’s a 90 percent chance Congress will vote next year to approve funding to restart the Yucca Mountain licensing process. (Nevada Appeal)

HYDRO: An Idaho utility is suing the EPA over failing to allow warmer temperature requirements below a hydroelectric dam where federally protected salmon spawn. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• A housing shortage spurred by the Permian Basin oil boom is hurting New Mexico school districts, some superintendents say. (Carlsbad Current Argus)
• Labor, business, and city groups come out in favor of a $43 billion liquefied natural gas project in Alaska. (KTOO)
• Alaska receives $4 million from the Interior Department to support drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Fairbanks Daily News Miner)

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RENEWABLES: Portland is among a handful of American cities to join a new initiative aimed at driving down the cost of renewable energy. (KATU)

COMMENTARY: President Trump’s plan to prop up struggling coal and nuclear plants is a preposterous idea, says the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times.

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