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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NUCLEAR:
• 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)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• 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)

OIL & GAS:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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