Western Energy News

Federal report finds more bad news for western coal

COAL: A new Energy Information Administration report says that Western coal production is decreasing quicker than previously forecast due to a decline in demand and market uncertainty. (Casper Star-Tribune)

ALSO:
• Wyoming officials ruled that reclamation plans for the two Blackjewel mines in the state do not have to be submitted because both are still open on a limited basis. (Bloomberg, subscription)
New Mexico’s largest utility is filing corrected paperwork with state regulators after recalculating the costs and benefits associated with the planned closure of the San Juan Generating Station in 2022. (Associated Press)

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RENEWABLES: A new report explores the challenges facing Hawaii as the first state to require a total transition to renewable energy, and implications for the rest of the U.S. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

WIND:
Hawaii state and federal agencies accepted Auwahi Wind Energy’s request to increase the number of allowed incidental bat deaths at its Kaino wind farm. (Maui News)
A conference last week explored the potential for offshore wind along the Oregon Coast. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

HYDROPOWER:
The BPA’s administrator says the agency has a plan to recover from being $15 billion in debt. (E&E News)
A new hydropower station opens at a dam near Pueblo, Colorado. (Pueblo Chieftain)

OIL & GAS:
An admission that oil and gas development could lead to extinctions in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was buried in the final impact assessment released by the Interior Department. (E&E News)
The New Mexico portion of the Permian Basin has geological advantages which makes it more attractive to oil companies. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

UTILITIES: Following in the footsteps of other California municipalities, San Diego City Council votes today on a proposal to create a regional community choice energy program as an alternative to traditional investor-owned utilities. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

MICROGRIDS: Local interest and growth in microgrids and solar energy systems in Northern California is driven by bankrupt utility PG&E’s planned shutdowns during periods of increased wildfire threat. (Press Democrat)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Analysts say that electric vehicles offer Nevada opportunity as the home of North America’s only mine currently producing lithium, but also risk from the adverse impact on climate change from increased mining. (KNPR)

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NATURAL GAS: Berkeley, California’s ban on natural gas in newly-constructed building has sparked a chain of anti-gas laws throughout the state and across the country. (Grist)

EMISSIONS: In an interview, former California regulator Mary Nichols explains why her state is standing up to the Trump administration on auto emission rules. (Yale E360)

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