Western Energy News

Bill to undermine Arizona clean energy measures goes to governor

UTILITIES: A bill that would give Arizona utilities a pass in meeting future voter-mandated clean energy requirements goes to the governor to sign. (Arizona Capitol Times)

ENERGY STORAGE: Colorado’s governor signs a bill into law that gives electricity users the right to store power without being penalized by excessive rates. (Denver Post)

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WIND: A bill that would retroactively cap tax credits for the wind industry is making its way through the Oklahoma legislature even as critics say such a move would hobble the state’s ability to attract new businesses. (Tulsa World)

SOLAR:
• Utah regulators are looking to revoke a local solar company’s license, citing Legend Solar’s “extreme cashflow problem” and customers complaints. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Meanwhile, a Utah university backs out of a $10 million stadium naming deal with Legend Solar as complaints about company start stacking up in several Western states. (Salt Lake Tribune)

OIL AND GAS:
A Colorado congressman pushes a proposal to raise revenue for the National Parks Services by leasing park land for oil and gas development. (Colorado Politics)
• An obscure Wyoming energy company is responsible for purchasing most of the oil and gas leases auctioned off this week in an archaeology rich portion of Utah’s canyon country. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Another accounting error prompts a Colorado county to refund $1.1 million in property taxes to a second oil and gas company. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
Work is nearing completion on the replacement of natural gas lines in a Dallas neighborhood where a home exploded last month killing a child (NBC 5-Dallas Fort Worth)
The New Mexico Land Office is closing in on a single year record on proceeds from the sale of oil and gas leases on state trust lands. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

POLLUTION: An oil and gas rich county in western Colorado agrees to pay for a study that will try to determine the sources of local air pollution. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

TECHNOLOGY:
The proposed federal budget includes funding for Colorado’s National Renewable Energy Lab, which was facing devastating cuts under a proposal by President Donald Trump. (Denver Post)
Scientists from the University of Colorado and the federal government observe promising results from a new laser-based technology designed to detect leaks of tiny amounts of methane from oil and gas wells. (Science Daily)

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NUCLEAR: A Dallas company is one of two U.S. companies vying to for a contract to store waste from nuclear power plants. (Dallas News)

COMMENTARY: The director of the Colorado Petroleum Council refutes the assertion that Fort Collin’s air quality is bad and fracking is to blame. (The Coloradoan)

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