Western Energy News

Bankrupt Wyoming coal company under investigation for fraud

COAL: A new court document filed over the weekend reveals bankrupt Wyoming coal operator Blackjewel has been investigated for potential fraud by the federal government since before filing for insolvency. (Casper Star-Tribune)

CLIMATE:
A new report says California “has some hard truths to face” about meeting its climate goals, including dramatically reducing driving. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)
Following the failure of a climate bill in the legislature, Oregon advocates filed three ballot measures yesterday aimed at reducing emissions. (Oregonian)

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OVERSIGHT: Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association plans to refile its request for FERC regulation after the agency rejected its initial request without prejudice. (Bloomberg, subscription)

SOLAR: The developer of Nevada’s Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant says the project could be headed for bankruptcy. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

WIND:
Energy experts and advocates say wind energy projects are key to advancing New Mexico’s renewable power goals. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A California energy developer plans to increase its investments in wind energy in New Mexico. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a case in which a California utility sought to raise rates to cover costs for wildfire settlements. (Bloomberg)
PG&E’s future remains uncertain, with competing interests and uncertain costs yet to be resolved by a judge, who promises a quick decision on rival bankruptcy plans. (New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle)
San Jose, California’s mayor says millions of PG&E customers across 30 northern counties face a week without power if the utility carries on with shutdowns to reduce the risk of its power lines sparking wildfires. (CNN)

OIL & GAS:
Roughly 1,600 former BP employees in Alaska are uncertain about their futures in the wake of the oil giant’s sale of its North Slope holdings to Hilcorp. (Anchorage Daily News)
Denver’s largest oil and gas companies report revenue gains in 2018 thanks to prices rising over much of the year. (Denver Business Journal, subscription)
Oil and gas drilling is slowing down in the Denver-Julesburg Basin. (Denver Business Journal, subscription)

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TRANSPORTATION: Frito-Lay plans to convert a California distribution center to be zero-emissions by 2021. (Supply Chain Dive)

COMMENTARY:
A Utah columnist explores what the state’s move to renewable energy will mean in the long-term. (Salt Lake Tribune)
A New Mexico advocate says Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s “old thinking” is holding back the state’s progress on climate. (New Mexico Political Report)

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