Western Energy News

Bankruptcy looms for Wyoming coal producer

COAL: A major Wyoming coal producer gets a three-day extension on a critical debt payment as the threat of bankruptcy grows. (Casper Star-Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee reverses course on two big energy projects he initially supported: a liquefied natural gas plant and a methanol production facility. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
• The oil and gas company that ultimately buys Anadarko Petroleum will get a major stake in a prolific oilfield that straddles Texas and New Mexico. (Fortune)
• The U.S. Forest Service finalizes its decision rejecting a plan to drill near Nevada’s Ruby Mountains. (Associated Press)

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RENEWABLES: With Washington’s new clean energy bill signed into law, a growing number of U.S. residents live in places vowing to phase out fossil fuels. (Grist)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Hawaii lawmakers approve a bill establishing a new $50 surcharge for electric vehicles. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
• Boise gets its first fast-charging electric vehicle station. (KTVB)

SOLAR:
• A California-based residential solar installer continued to grow during the first quarter despite the phasedown of federal investment tax credits. (Greentech Media)
• A Colorado steel mill and Xcel Energy rebid a 240 MW solar array project after the first contractor selected was unable to deliver the promised price. (Pueblo Chieftain)

NUCLEAR: Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Nevada’s U.S. senators will visit the site north of Las Vegas where the federal government secretly shipped plutonium. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: A Tucson-area utility agrees to join the Western Energy Imbalance Market by 2022. (RTO Insider)

CLIMATE: A Colorado mountain town joins a statewide coalition of communities advocating for policies to fight climate change including increasing clean energy. (Summit Daily)

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EFFICIENCY: A growing number of U.S. cities are considering adopting policies like the one Portland has implemented requiring home sellers to disclose home energy information. (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy blog)

COMMENTARY:
• U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen says “misguided” efforts in Congress to revive Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository “pose a serious threat to the health and safety of Nevadans, and our national security.” (Las Vegas Sun)
• If California’s goal is 100% renewable energy by 2045, “there’s no logical reason to exclude hydropower from existing dams,” a columnist says. (CALmatters)
• Several ideas emerge from an effort to increase the resiliency of several Colorado communities, Rocky Mountain Institute experts write. (GreenBiz)

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