Western Energy News

California Senate approves $21 billion utility wildfire fund proposal

UTILITIES: The California Senate approves a proposal to create a $21 billion fund to help California utilities pay for wildfire costs. (Los Angeles Times)

• Fresno uses data visualization to help target California cap and trade funds to counteract pollution in vulnerable communities. (Energy News Network)
• It’s New York vs. California in a race to see which state can succeed at reaching their ambitious greenhouse gas emissions goals. (New York Times)

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• The governors of 23 states sign a pledge backing California in its fight against the Trump administration’s efforts to relax vehicle mileage standards. (Associated Press)
• A state district judge dismisses a lawsuit by a Colorado automobile dealers association challenging the state’s tough new vehicle emission standards. (Denver Post)

• An oil services company says it has no plans to conduct aerial surveys of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this summer, a win for environmentalists concerned about the impact of the low-flying planes on wildlife. (New York Times)
• Officials in the top oil and gas producing county in Colorado create a department to oversee drilling as authorized by a new state law. (Greeley Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Legislation introduced this week by a San Francisco lawmaker could triple the state’s incentives for electric vehicles while eliminating a flaw in the current rebate program. (San Francisco Chronicle)

RENEWABLES: California’s community choice aggregators will shoulder much of the responsibility for helping the state meet its clean energy goals. (Utility Dive)

GRID: A ruling by California regulators gives the state new choices to improve short-term grid reliability: a 2,000 MW procurement of new peak capacity resources or rely more on existing natural gas plants. (Greentech Media)

• The developers of Wyoming’s largest wind farm receive approval to push back the construction completion date from eight to 11 years. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Significantly raising taxes on wind energy production could derail the industry in Wyoming, a pair of analysts told state lawmakers considering a fivefold increase. (Casper Star Tribune)

POLITICS: An Oregon legislative committee determines that a state senator who threatened state police over a climate bill standoff must give 12 hours notice before entering the Capitol. (The Oregonian)

SOLAR: Federal land managers have set a pair of meetings this month to discuss plans to build a 690 MW solar farm northeast of Las Vegas. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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PUBLIC LANDS: Two Utah restaurateurs lead a fight to restore the former boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. (PBS News Hour)

• With the sudden closure of two Wyoming coal mines, the former CEO of Blackjewel and other executives “owe Wyoming an explanation of what happened here,” says the editorial board of the Casper Star Tribune.
• A Western coordinator for a national environmental group applauds the decision by Salt Lake City’s mayor to sponsor a resolution calling for the creation of a national carbon price. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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