Western Energy News

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GREEN JOBS: A Portland affordable housing project that’s providing economic opportunities for local residents looks like a national model for the Green New Deal. (High Country News)

SOLAR: Nevada sees a 450 percent increase from 2017 to 2018 in the number of applications for rooftop solar projects. (Solar Power World)

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UTILITIES:
• California regulators fine the state’s largest natural gas utility $3.3 million for refusing to fully investigate a 2017 pipeline explosion. (Los Angeles Times)
• California’s largest utility continues to fight for the right to reconsider $42 billion worth of power purchase contracts as it goes through bankruptcy proceedings. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• PG&E spent $11.8 million on lobbying during California’s 2017-2018 legislative session, the latest disclosure reports show. (Sacramento Bee)

PUBLIC LANDS: A Canadian company has abandoned plans to mine 200 acres that was once part of the boundary surrounding a national monument in Utah. (Huffington Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Wealthy, white older men buy more electric vehicles than anyone else in California. (Forbes)
• Hawaii businesses that install electric vehicle charging stations are eligible for a limited-time rebate. (Hawaii News Now)

CLIMATE: Oregon lawmakers contemplating adopting a cap and trade system for reducing carbon emissions look to Quebec to see how such a move there has affected the local economy and the environment. (Salem Reporter)

PIPELINES: The U.S. government has appealed a Montana federal judge’s ruling blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
• New Mexico lawmakers introduce a bill that seeks to raise the penalty cap on violations of state oil and gas rules by 1,400 percent over the current level. (Hobbs News-Sun)
• Federal land managers in Wyoming are moving ahead with plans for an upcoming oil and gas lease sale over environmentalists’ objections. (Casper Star Tribune)
• The construction of roads made of ice and snow to accommodate the oil and gas industry in Alaska is on the increase, another sign state’s oil patch is starting to recover. (Anchorage Daily News)

POLITICS: Arizona’s attorney general drops his defamation lawsuit against the backers of a clean energy initiative rejected by voters last year. (Capitol Media Services)

COMMENTARY:
• California’s governor needs to address the lack of regulatory oversight when it comes to inspecting power lines before the upcoming wildfire season, says the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times.
• If California truly wants to lead on creating a clean energy future, the state must aggressively plan to shut down existing oil and gas wells, says the CEO of the state’s league of conservation voters. (Sacramento Bee)

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