Western Energy News

Emails show how BP undercut Inslee on climate

CLIMATE: Emails show how BP worked to block efforts by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to establish a carbon tax in the state. (InsideClimate News)

GRID:
Three major Western power providers are teaming up with the Southwest Power Pool to form a new energy market they say will improve reliability and affordability. (The Oklahoman)
California, Hawaii, and Arizona are among five states leading the way for integrating distributed energy resources. (Greentech Media)

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UTILITIES:
PG&E submits a bankruptcy reorganization plan promising to honor renewable contracts and pledging up to $18 billion to wildfire victims. (Greentech Media)
San Francisco has made a $2.5 billion bid to take over PG&E’s grid assets in the city; meanwhile the state’s community choice advocates want the utility to transition to a “wires only” grid operator. (Greentech Media)
Arizona’s top utility regulator is pressuring Arizona Public Service and its parent company Pinnacle West to cut political spending, hinting that inaction may impact the utility’s next rate proceeding. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
A panel on renewable energy at the Nevada Mining Association’s annual convention considers the benefits and challenges of placing solar projects on mine sites. (Nevada Independent)
A New Mexico town expects to save more than $100,000 annually thanks to a new 4,000 solar panel array. (KRQE)

COAL:
Wyoming lawmakers vote to create a new committee focused on addressing the negative effects of the recent coal bankruptcies across the state. (Billings Gazette)
Uncertainty about Blackjewel’s Wyoming mines reopening continues into their third month of closure as the sale to Contura Energy languishes. (WyoFile)

OIL & GAS:
Under legislation approved by California lawmakers, new oil or gas projects approved in federally protected areas would be prohibited from having pipelines or other essential infrastructure cross state lands. (Los Angeles Times)
Montana regulators are considering increasing the amount of radioactive waste the state can accept from oil and gas operations. (Billings Gazette)
The EPA fined Delta Western $400,000 over its tank farm violations in Juneau, Alaska, alleging it violated emission standards. (Alaska Public Media)

PUBLIC LANDS: Native American tribes and environmentalists oppose oil and gas drilling plans on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument stretching across the Utah-Colorado border housing sacred tribal sites. (Associated Press)

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BIOENERGY: An Arizona project that would convert thousands of tons of cow manure into biogas for California is facing major financial setbacks. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: A former Obama administration official explains why automakers don’t want President Trump to roll back emissions standards. (New York Times)

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