Western Energy News

Colorado co-op embraces batteries, but its power provider isn’t on board

STORAGE: A Denver-area electric co-op’s big investment in batteries is creating tension with its coal-heavy power supplier, but utility officials see storage as a low-risk gamble that will benefit their members. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A Texas electric utility that serves much of northern New Mexico is breaking new ground for the region with its plan add 100 MW of battery storage. (Greentech Media)

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COAL:
• A Navajo-owned energy company is contemplating buying the Arizona coal mine that supplies a plant it’s also considering purchasing to keep from closing. (Associated Press)
• A Portland utility is considering using hydropower and other renewable energy sources when it shuts down one of its coal-fired power plants next year. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
• Wyoming regulators grant the state’s largest utility more time to study the changing economics of coal to inform its upcoming depreciation case. (Casper Star Tribune)

CALIFORNIA FIRES: Shares for California’s largest electric utility decreased by 22 percent on the heels of reports it’s considering bankruptcy. (Reuters)

REGULATION: The new chairman of the agency that regulates Arizona utilities has been a frequent adversary of the state’s largest utility. (Arizona Republic)

TRANSPORTATION: A new Washington state ballot initiative seeks to stop local governments from increasing vehicle tab fees to pay for transportation improvements while reducing fees on electric vehicles from $100 to $30. (The Spokesman-Review)

CLIMATE: Anchorage officials say the city’s soon-to-be released climate action plan is heavily focused on increasing energy efficiency. (KTVA)

SOLAR:
• Workers begin installing 3,000 solar panels on a parking garage at Honolulu’s main airport as part of the state’s effort to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045. (KITV)
• As new utility-scale solar plus storage projects come online in Hawaii, the state may have to stop the practice of disconnecting residential rooftop solar generators during peak hours. (Clean Technica)

OIL & GAS:
• The head of the Alaska agency overseeing the $43 billion liquefied natural gas project received an almost $300,000 bonus in December. (Anchorage Daily News)
• The city council in Aurora, Colorado will hold a hearing on a company’s plan to drill 16 wells near a neighborhood. (The Denver Channel)

COMMENTARY: Keeping the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off-limits to drilling and other development guarantees Alaska natives “a fate with no economy, no jobs and little hope for the future,” says the CEO of a corporation owned by the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. (The Hill)

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