Western Energy News

California could see hydropower gains thanks to a wet winter

HYDROPOWER: A wet winter means California is expecting a strong year for hydropower production, which would displace emissions from natural gas use. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

COAL: Wyoming’s governor signs a bill into law requiring utilities to sell coal-fired power plants before retiring them. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

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• President Trump’s budget will include a funding request to restart the licensing process to store nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A U.S. Senator from Nevada says she plans to hold up all Department of Energy nominations until the agency promises to not send more plutonium shipments to the state. (The Nevada Independent)

• Washington lawmakers weigh reviving a tax incentive for electric vehicles as local sales boom. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
• A bill allowing Colorado utilities to establish electric vehicles charging rates narrowly survives a state Senate vote. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• A Hawaii tour company unveils three electric buses. (KITV)

WIND: New Mexico, Montana and Colorado outrank Wyoming when it comes to being the most cost-effective state to generate wind energy, according to a recent study. (Casper Star-Tribune)

SOLAR: A solar industry trade show will take a break this year but resume in 2020 with a new owner and San Diego as a new location. (Greentech Media)

• New Mexico lawmakers file legislation seeking to reduce methane emissions while raising royalty rates. (New Mexico In Depth)
• Two California utilities are requesting permission to begin selling “renewable” natural gas as a way to appeal to climate-conscious customers. (Green Biz)
• An Alaska agency has signed an agreement with two major oil companies to help the state push its $43 billion liquefied natural gas project to completion. (Reuters)
• Colorado regulators are set to consider an oil and gas company’s plans to drill multiple wells near a Denver area suburb, where many resident are opposed to the plan. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE: Idaho lawmakers hold their first hearing on climate change, and no one argued about its existence or causes. (Idaho Statesman)

• It’s in the oil and gas industry’s best interest to allow legislation proposing regulatory reforms to continue to evolve, says the editorial board of the Denver Post.
• Increasing Nevada’s renewable energy standards while keeping electricity rates low is a “smart and important” move, says the president of the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce. (Las Vegas Sun)

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