Western Energy News

California clean energy transition could be slower than anticipated

CLIMATE: Critics say California’s utility regulators are set to allow the state’s transition to cleaner energy sources move at a slower pace than the previous decade. (Los Angeles Times)

STORAGE: Nevada sets an energy storage target, aiming for 1,000 megawatts by 2030. (Energy Storage News)

TRANSPORTATION: There are lessons to be learned from a Southern California public transit agency’s rollout of a fleet of battery-electric buses. (Greentech Media)

COAL:
• A Washington state court upholds regulators’ rejection of permits for a proposed coal export terminal. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Wyoming miners continue to wait for a judge to approve their lawsuit settlement with Blackjewel. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Wyoming communities are struggling with the reduction in corporate giving and other forms of charitable support from coal companies. (WyoFile)
• Wyoming’s legislature focused on initiatives that will have a significant impact on energy production, notably on coal, before adjourning for the year. (WyoFile) 

FOSSIL FUELS:
A policy research organization explores how market volatility is impacting the fossil fuel industry in the Northwest. (Sightline)
The possibility of recession combined with low oil prices threatens Wyoming’s already-depressed key industries — oil, gas, and coal. (Casper Star-Tribune)

NATURAL GAS:
• A Colorado natural gas producer wins an appeal over a class action settlement concerning royalty agreements. (Bloomberg Environment, subscription)
Consumer and green groups say a San Diego Gas & Electric natural gas pipeline project should be halted until an environmental review is completed. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

NUCLEAR: A Silicon Valley company has submitted a proposal for a micro-sized advanced nuclear reactor for federal review. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
A federal judge tossed a Colorado activist group’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law forcing property owners to allow the development of their oil and gas. (E&E News, subscription)
ConocoPhillips is cancelling employee flights to Alaska’s North Slope for the next two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Anchorage Daily News)
Colorado’s top oil-producing county expects a $50M hit to its 2021 budget due to COVID-19 and the ongoing drop in oil prices. (Denver Post)
Residents in Western states raise concerns over the threat to public health and water from oil spills and gas leaks. (news release)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy says it has “robust staffing” to handle possible power outages in Colorado from storms despite ongoing COVID-19 concerns. (Greeley Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A Wyoming columnist is critical of state lawmakers continuing to prop up fossil fuels while another says a legislative select committee helped restore integrity to the state’s mineral tax system. (WyoFile)

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