Western Energy News

Google announces solar-plus-storage deal with NV Energy

SOLAR: Nevada utility NV Energy will provide 350 megawatts of solar and as much as 280 megawatts of battery storage for a new Google data center outside Las Vegas. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: California is among five states expected to be key drivers of solar growth in the U.S. over the next five years. (Houston Chronicle)

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EMISSIONS: Republican lawmakers in California want to stop the state’s renewable energy targets for an as-yet unspecified time. (CALmatters)

CLEAN ENERGY: Environmental advocates sue Oregon’s Secretary of State for rejecting two clean energy bills, saying the action was without legal reasoning and constituted an abuse of power. (Associated Press)

Cellular companies testified before California lawmakers yesterday in response to massive service outages during PG&E’s public safety power shutoffs in October. (KRON)
California state Sen. Mike McGuire introduces a bill that would require telecommunication companies to have at least 72 hours of backup power for all cell towers in high-risk fire areas. (KCBS)
AT&T is looking at hydrogen and solar as alternative power sources and plans to install up to 1,000 fixed generators across California because of PG&E power outages that left some communities without access to 911 or phone service. (Bloomberg Environment, subscription)
California is to pay San Mateo County $500,000 to better prepare for future PG&E planned power shut-offs. (Half Moon Bay Review)

COAL: A new report indicates reduced coal power from 2005 to 2016 had a significant positive impact on human health, the climate, and crop yields. (Utility Dive, High Country News)

Environmental groups want to stop oil and gas lease sales in the ecologically sensitive National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, offshore Arctic waters, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (InsideClimate News)
Boulder County, Colorado residents are calling for commissioners to approve a countywide fracking ban. (Greeley Tribune)
A new Alaska economic report indicates jobs in the state’s oil industry are expected to continue growing, with the addition of roughly 400 jobs this year. (Anchorage Daily News)
Dominion Energy fired a Rock Springs, Wyoming oilfield worker a few days before Christmas after he saved an estimated 50 waterfowl from wastewater ponds. (WyoFile)

Occidental Petroleum, the Permian Basin’s leading oil producer, begins widespread layoffs this week in a bid to cut costs. (Houston Chronicle)
A wireless data network is expanding in the Permian Basin to capitalize on increased digital communications and strengthen oil and gas facility operations. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

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HYDROPOWER: Washington state officials present the state’s findings from its study of resident views on breaching, removing, or retaining the four lower Snake River dams. (KLEW)

A columnist says California Gov. Gavin Newsom cannot politically afford to accept a watered-down settlement that cheats PG&E wildfire victims. (Antelope Valley Press)
An Alaska policy analyst says Alaskans deserve transparency on the proposed $5.6 billion North Slope pipeline deal between BP and Hilcorp. (Anchorage Daily News)

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