Western Energy News

California mayors back plan to ramp up electric bus deployment

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A coalition of California mayors is throwing its support behind a plan to dramatically increase the use of zero-emission buses by 2040. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: Electric cars have grown to more than 6% of new registrations in California, but hybrid cars are seeing a corresponding decline. (Greentech Media)

***SPONSORED LINK: Join leading policymakers and utility executives at the 10th Annual Transmission Summit West, September 12-14 in San Diego. Explore transmission planning and investment in an uncertain environment Register Today!***

RENEWABLES: A newly amended California bill would require utilities to buy 2,500 MW of solar and wind power over the next four years, a move supporters say would save hundreds of millions of dollars in federal tax credits that would otherwise be lost. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: Leaders from Portland and four California cities are vowing to make their buildings carbon neutral by 2050, joining some of the world’s largest cities in backing the effort. (Reuters)

COAL: Attorneys from Oregon and file legal briefs opposing a proposed coal export terminal in Washington state. (Longview Daily News)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Interior Department issues a key permitting decision in a Texas company’s plan to conduct the first-ever oil production in federal Arctic waters. (Anchorage Daily News)
• Two members of Congress from California are asking the governor to end fossil fuel production in the state, citing threats posed by climate change and air pollution. (The Hill)
• One of Hawaii’s two oil refineries has shut down in advance of Hurricane Lane. (Reuters)

POLITICS: California billionaire Tom Steyer explains why he’s backing a clean energy initiative in Arizona and addresses his future in politics. (Arizona Republic)

GREEN JOBS: One of the country’s largest utilities joins forces with a community college in southern Colorado to build a solar-powered “living laboratory” to train students interested in renewable energy careers. (Pueblo Chieftain)

REGULATION: A new policy adopted by New Mexico utility regulators makes the public wait two weeks before they can see electronic copies of hearing transcripts and pay for early copies, a move opposed by open-records advocates and case intervenors. (Albuquerque Journal)

***SPONSORED LINK: Check out More Power To You, an independent podcast about the policy and politics shaping our clean energy economy. Listen for free, on Apple Podcasts or on your app of choice.***

NUCLEAR: The daughter of a former Idaho governor who fought to keep nuclear waste from being stored in the state announces her opposition to a U.S. Department of Energy plan to extend the life of a local nuclear waste treatment facility. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Passing a bill that would require California to get all of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2045 would send a message to U.S. lawmakers that the fight against climate change is not just an environmental imperative; it’s an economic opportunity, says the executive director of a nonpartisan business group. (Green Biz)
• Utah taxpayers will bear the burden of a utility’s efforts to keep its coal plants open, says a Salt Lake City solar advocate. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• If California cities can say “no” to expanding fossil fuels, so can Governor Jerry Brown, argues two Bay Area mayors. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• California’s fisheries could be decimated by the Trump administration’s plan to allow new offshore drilling, says the executive director of a Pacific fishermen’s association. (Sacramento Bee)

Comments are closed.