Western Energy News

Climate policy remains a top priority for Oregon governor

CLIMATE: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says crafting a climate change policy is one of her top priorities for the upcoming short session of the state’s legislature. (KBND)

ALSO: Western businesses are urging “leadership and legislators of the Pacific Coast” to adopt cap-and-trade programs, which they say promote economic growth. (Mail Tribune)

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COAL:
New Mexico’s Supreme Court rules the state’s Energy Transition Act must be applied by state regulators in closing the San Juan Generating Station. (New Mexico Political Report)
Wyoming’s Public Service Commission Chair says the significant decline in coal plant capacity and operations over the past decade is “pretty startling.” (Utility Dive)

CALIFORNIA:
PG&E’s attorney tells a federal judge the utility will meet its June bankruptcy exit deadline, but California Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to threaten a state takeover. (Associated Press)
Bill forgiveness and collections protection are part of PG&E’s plan to support customers who lost their home or business because of last year’s Kincade wildfire. (Sonoma West)
CalFire and PG&E are now enforcing a state law as part of fire safety efforts to direct the community of Lake Wildwood regarding the maintenance and clearing around power poles. (The Union of Grass Valley)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Nevada’s Electric Highway Plan is set to be completed by the end of this year, with a section of Interstate 15 designated an electric vehicle corridor. (Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Review-Journal)

SOLAR:
Utility-scale solar farms approved in southwest Wyoming are raising concerns about aesthetics, sage grouse, and pronghorn. (Jackson Hole News & Guide)
Colorado and Oregon are among the states whose community solar programs the Interstate Renewable Energy Council says have some room for improvement. (Solar Builder Magazine)

OIL & GAS: A new study indicates the Permian Basin Boom could last decades, with New Mexico’s Eddy County leading the way in oil and gas production. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

UTILITIES: Tucson Electric Power wants a rate increase it says will help pay for renewable energy investments and improvements over the last 4 years worth $1 billion. (KGUN)

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STORAGE: An expert says Arizona’s large lithium-ion battery explosion at a solar energy storage site last year was a “rude awakening” for the electric industry. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
A California columnist asks if Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest investor-owned utility, is “too big to fail.” (CalMatters)
A Colorado-based risk management professional says economic benefits from oil and gas development will never outweigh the negative impacts on air pollution, water, and industry worker safety. (Greeley Tribune)

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