Western Energy News

Climate change on the ballot in the West

ELECTION: Six Western cities and states have climate and energy measures on the ballot next month. (Grist)

OIL & GAS:
The Bureau of Land Management approves a $4 billion oil project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. (Anchorage Daily News)
New Mexico regulators are considering stricter regulations and more fines for oil and gas spills. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E identifies 130 damage-hazard sites from windstorms along 17,000 miles of de-energized power lines. (KTVU)
Activists in a Northern California county are preparing for a confrontation with PG&E as they try to stop the utility’s plan to cut more than 260 trees as part of its wildfire mitigation efforts. (Union of Grass Valley)
Southern California Gas says its Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility should remain open, but nearby residents and environmental advocates disagree. (Los Angeles Daily News)
PG&E releases its timeline of events of the day the deadly and destructive Zogg Fire broke out, in response to a court order. (KRCR)

COAL:
• Idaho regulators want to ensure the state’s utility customers aren’t stuck with costs from Avista’s exit from a Montana coal plant. (Billings Gazette)
• Navajo Transitional Energy Co. is in talks to buy out a utility’s 13% share of a New Mexico coal-fired power plant. (Albuquerque Journal)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Bureau of Land Management is sued over its land-use plan for southwestern Colorado finalized under the tenure of Deputy Director William Perry Pendley. (Associated Press)

FOSSIL FUELS: A new report predicts ongoing weak revenue for Wyoming from its fossil fuel industries. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The Oregon-based company behind the first small modular nuclear reactor complex in the U.S. faces significant safety questions. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES: The final environmental impact statement for the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative is published by the Bureau of Land Management. (Oil City News)

SOLAR: A South Korean firm is set to build and operate a 60 MW solar farm and 240 MWh of battery energy storage for Hawaiian Electric on the island of Oahu. (Renewables Now)

COMMENTARY:
A California editorial board criticizes PG&E for not doing its job to mitigate the danger of more deadly and destructive wildfires. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A former California energy commissioner explores how the state can have a reliable grid powered by a diverse portfolio of renewable energy sources. (Cal Matters)
A think tank explains how Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico legislation authorizing securitization could be a blueprint for other states interested in accelerating the transition to a cleaner, more economic grid. (Greentech Media)
A nuclear expert explains why Utah should not ignore the red flags he sees concerning a small modular nuclear project in Idaho. (Deseret News)

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