Western Energy News

Feds asks Hawaii to slow down wind farm approvals over bat concerns

WIND: Federal wildlife managers have asked utility regulators in Hawaii to stop approving new wind farms until they can review plans to make sure there are no impacts to an endangered bat. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

PG&E BANKRUPTCY:
• Bankruptcy of California’s largest utility could derail its pledge to pay for improved monitoring and firefighting efforts. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• The pending bankruptcy of PG&E underscores the accelerating risks climate change poses to energy companies, insurers and governments. (E&E News)

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CLIMATE:
• New Mexico’s newly sworn-in congresswoman explains why fighting climate change is intrinsic to her values as a Native woman. (New Mexico Political Report)
• One of the biggest oil companies in Alaska has developed two carbon-offset projects with Native corporations to address climate change. (Alaska’s Energy Desk)

COAL:
• A Montana lawmaker has introduced a bill seeking to allow the state to sell bonds to purchase a struggling local coal-fired power plant. (Montana Public Radio)
• Two Wyoming coal-fired power plants are among three possible locations for an experimental carbon capture facility. (Gillette News Record)

POLITICS:
• Washington’s governor and a wave of recently elected Democrats are pushing comprehensive climate change legislation, but competing priorities and a short time frame might derail their efforts. (InvestigateWest)
• New Mexico’s new governor is starting to roll out the clean energy policies she promised on the campaign trail, many of which are endorsed by the state’s largest utility. (Albuquerque Journal)

RENEWABLES: As Colorado’s new governor pushes the state to get all of its energy from renewable energy by 2040, two major utilities are focused on achieving net-zero carbon emissions. There’s a difference. (Colorado Sun)

SOLAR: An Oregon county that has been a hotbed for solar projects in the state is divided over proposed rules that could restrict development on farm land. (Statesman Journal)

GRID: Arizona regulators adopt new rules for distributed generating systems. (Arizona Daily Star)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Even with the impacts of climate change gripping the state, Arizona has been slow to offer incentives for electric vehicles. (KJZZ)

NUCLEAR: Wyoming lawmakers are considering exempting the state’s struggling uranium mining industry from some taxes. (Casper Star Tribune)

UTILITIES: A utility that provides power to customers in Texas and New Mexico plans to invest $143 million in a natural gas plant and add solar backed by storage to its energy mix. (El Paso Times)

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PIPELINES: The company trying to develop a liquefied natural gas project in Oregon has acquired pipeline easements on about half of the private property along the proposed route. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• It’s time for California’s largest utility to become publicly owned, says the energy director of a Minneapolis-based non-profit. (Greentech Media)
• Colorado lawmakers should pass legislation that issues a clear, direct order to state oil and gas regulators to treat health, safety and the environment as priorities, says the editorial board of the Boulder Daily Camera.

 

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