Western Energy News

Californians step up to help prevent blackouts during heat wave

GRID: Californians heeded warnings from the state’s grid operator and saved 990 MW of energy during the recent heat wave. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: Higher penetrations of solar in Arizona and California are changing the way utilities manage demand during extreme heat events. (Bloomberg)

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WIND: Four California counties agree to buy electricity generated from a wind farm under development in New Mexico. (Bloomberg)

TRANSPORTATION: Ronald Reagan fought for California’s right to regulate vehicle emission standards, authority that now faces its most serious challenge yet. (Washington Post)

UTILITIES: Faced with paying an estimated $8 billion in damages from last year’s deadly wildfires, California’s largest utility has hired a legal firm to explore debt restructuring options. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• As states like Arizona wind down net metering programs, a new report finds that community solar could provide clean energy to 50 million low-income homes. (Utility Dive)
• A Utah homeless shelter installs a rooftop solar system, estimated to generate $6,000 in savings per year. (Deseret News)
• Western tribes could see financial rewards from developing solar arrays, experts tell tribal leaders at a clean energy workshop in New Mexico. (Farmington Daily-Times)
• The Navajo Nation president signs a deal to install solar power systems on 44 tribal homes in Arizona. (Navajo Hopi Observer)

OIL AND GAS:
• Potential oil and gas development near a critical mule deer migration route in Wyoming has been delayed following pushback from hunters. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• The U.S. EPA assumes partial control of Idaho’s underground injection well program, a move that could boost oil and gas development in the state by making it cheaper to dispose wastewater. (Associated Press)
• Elected officials from seven northern Colorado cities ask the governor to direct regulators to update “antiquated” oil and gas rules. (Boulder Daily Camera)

TECHNOLOGY: A New Mexico solar research facility celebrates 40 years of developing concentrated solar power technology. (Albuquerque Journal)

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TRANSMISSION: Some residents of a southern Colorado town are organizing against a utility’s plan to build an 18-mile transmission line near their homes. (Pueblo Chieftain)

COMMENTARY:
• David Roberts examines the arguments for and against regionalizing California’s grid. (Vox)
• If cost savings don’t pencil out for Xcel Energy’s clean energy plan for Colorado, a local editorial board doesn’t see any reason for the utility to decommission its coal plants. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• California lawmakers should hit the pause button on a plan to expand the state’s grid, says the director of a statewide utilities association. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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