Western Energy News

Energy storage soars in California and Hawaii

STORAGE: Policy changes in California and Hawaii drive residential storage deployment to an all-time record. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: A special panel of California lawmakers begins deliberating how much liability the state’s utilities should bear in connection with last year’s catastrophic wildfires. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

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POLITICS:
• A payment dispute prompts a firm gathering signatures for a Colorado ballot measure imposing tougher drilling setback requirements to quit, a setback the initiative’s supporters say won’t keep them from meeting an Aug. 6 deadline. (Associated Press)
• The Republican candidate for Colorado governor throws his support behind a $9.8 billion plan to build a liquefied natural gas export facility in Oregon, a project expected to generate a boom of drilling in western Colorado. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• An Arizona judge must decide whether election officials need to certify every signature on a clean energy ballot measure or if random sampling can determine the petition’s validity. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Bureau of Land Management plans to lease land outside a national park in New Mexico later this year, just months after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the agency would defer the sale until additional studies could be completed. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• A Southern California gas provider is telling its electric generator customers to expect less natural gas as a result of the heat wave over much of the state. (Reuters)
• Oil and gas drilling rigs in New Mexico tie a record set in 2014 as a result of a surge in drilling in the Permian Basin. (Albuquerque Journal)

NUCLEAR: Some Utah utilities are taking an exploratory dip into the nuclear power market with their financial backing of the nation’s first small-scale nuclear power reactor currently under development. (Salt Lake Tribune)

PUBLIC LANDS: A Utah congressman pushes a bipartisan bill that seeks to use revenue from federal energy development to pay for deferred national park maintenance. (Deseret News)

SOLAR: An Oakland-based nonprofit focused on providing clean energy to low-income people has installed 9,800 solar power systems over 14 years. (CleanTechnica)

TRANSPORTATION: Why President Trump is fighting California’s smog-fighting vehicle emission regulations. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Colorado electricity cooperative is offering cash to some of its partners to install electric vehicle charging stations. (Vail Daily)
• A southern Colorado city and Nissan strike a deal to offer discounts to residents who buy an electric vehicle. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

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GEOTHERMAL: The state of Utah awards a local geothermal research facility a $365,000 grant. (Deseret News)

COMMENTARY:
• Expanding California’s grid to include other Western states will create jobs and reduce costs for electricity, says a vice president of a Silicon Valley business group. (Mercury News)
• The editorial board of the Mercury News says California must fight President Trump’s plan to scrap the state’s emission standards in order to fight climate change.

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