Western Energy News

California turns to emissions fund to pay for drinking water improvements

EMISSIONS: California lawmakers have decided to tap funds from the state’s cap-and-trade program to pay for drinking water improvements, a move environmentalists say is an unfair choice between clean air or clean water. (Associated Press)

ALSO: With some legislative concessions, Oregon utilities have gone from being some of the most vocal opponents of a proposed cap-and-trade policy to some of its strongest supporters. (E&E News, subscription)

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EFFICIENCY: Hawaii launches a program aimed at allowing renters, homeowners and small businesses to pay back the cost of installing energy efficiency equipment through their monthly utility bills. (Greentech Media)

COAL: A federal judge in Texas has ruled the sale of a troubled Wyoming coal mine can move forward to a lender-owned company. (Casper Star-Tribune)

UTILITIES: A recent bankruptcy judge’s ruling allowing PG&E to dump some of its older, more expense clean energy contracts will likely trigger an appeal, analysts say. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLES: A county in the heart of Utah’s ski country might meet its goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2030, two years earlier than previously thought. (Park Record)

OIL & GAS:
• California’s low-income residents could be hit hard by rising natural gas prices as the state’s demand for the fuel declines, according to a draft study presented to state regulators. (Utility Dive)
• Colorado officials and conservation groups are urging federal land managers to delay a September oil and gas lease sale, citing concerns about potential impacts on wildlife. (Denver Post)
• The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules against a group of California offshore oil and gas workers who argued they should be paid for all of their time spent on the platform even when they weren’t working. (Associated Press)
• Leaders from a Colorado county take the first step in expanding local control over oil and gas development, a move triggered by a new state law. (Greeley Tribune)

PUBLIC LANDS:
• Colorado’s governor says he favors moving the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters to either Grand Junction or Denver during a conference of Western governors in Vail. (Denver Post)
• Meanwhile, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt declines to say what city is his preferred location for the agency’s headquarters during the conference, where he was confronted by protestors wearing swamp creature masks. (Colorado Sun)

CLIMATE: Several Western states have recently enacted new laws aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and more could be on the way. (Grist)

RESEARCH: Oregon State University has submitted a final permit application to build a wave energy testing facility off the state’s coast. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

COMMENTARY: A Colorado congressman says it is “deeply concerning” that Gov. Jared Polis has pulled the state’s support of a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Oregon. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

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