Western Energy News

From coal to coding: Wyoming looks to diversify economy

COAL: Wyoming is requiring K-12 public schools to offer computer science as part of an effort to wean the state off its reliance on the oil, gas and coal industries. (New York Times)

• Bankrupt coal company Cloud Peak Energy files another request to delay an auction of its assets in Wyoming. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Two Wyoming coal mines formerly owned by Blackjewel have yet to reopen, despite claims in bankruptcy court by purchaser Contura Energy that it would reinstate 500 jobs immediately. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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• Pacific Gas and Electric in a bankruptcy filling provides details on its restructuring plan, which includes honoring all existing power purchase agreements. (Utility Dive, Greentech Media)
• A rural county near Sacramento is examining the possibility of buying some of PG&E’s local poles and wires. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: With the help of a $2.6 million federal grant, Tucson’s public transit system will launch a year-long pilot program to determine the viability of electric buses in Arizona’s climate. (Arizona Daily Star)

STORAGE: A school district in Downey, California, expects to save more than $5.7 million by installing a 3.5 MW/7 MWh energy storage system. (Energy Manager Today)

SOLAR: Developers broke ground in Arizona last week on the largest solar-powered data center in the world, which will produce 340 MW per hour. (Mohave Valley Daily News)

RENEWABLES: Residents of Durango, Colorado, ask officials to adopt a goal to power the city with 100% renewable energy by 2050. (Durango Herald)

WIND: A French wind energy developer applies for a permit to do wind-speed testing three miles off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

POLITICS: Los Angeles’ version of the Green New Deal has become a polarizing issue in a special election to fill city council seat. (Los Angeles Times)

PIPELINES: Law enforcement has used online surveillance to monitor opponents of an Oregon pipeline and LNG export terminal, emails obtained by a news organization reveal. (The Guardian)

• Colorado residents now have a seat at the table when it comes to crafting new oil and gas regulations. (The Denver Post)
• A new report criticizes the Interior Department’s practice of noncompetitive leasing of Nevada’s public lands for oil and gas drilling, a practice that critics say  undermines the market for competitive bidding. (Elko Daily Free Press)

NUCLEAR: A Washington startup founded by Bill Gates is working to develop the next generation of nuclear reactors. (GeekWire)

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HYDROPOWER:  A turbine at a Washington dam may have leaked up to 300 gallons of oil into the Snake River. (Q13 FOX)

COMMENTARY: High energy prices have an outsized effect on rural New Mexico communities, says the state director of the Consumer Energy Alliance. (Las Cruces Sun News)

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