Western Energy News

In Wyoming, EPA backs controversial uranium mining method

NUCLEAR: The EPA announces an agreement that will boost uranium production in Wyoming by removing hurdles for a mining process that advocates warn increases pollution and strains scarce water resources. (Casper Star Tribune)

COAL:
• New Mexico’s Supreme Court rules that state regulators cannot require utilities to seek permission before shutting down a power plant. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• The bankruptcy of Rhino Resources puts at risk about 550 jobs at mines in Utah and other states. (WVPB)

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PUBLIC LANDS: Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines appears to be backing away from his earlier commitment to confirm William Perry Pendley to lead the BLM. (E&E News)

GRID: The California Solar & Storage Association and Pacificorp are part of a project aiming to tackle storage interconnection problems on the distribution grid. (Utility Dive)

OFFSHORE WIND: A trade association says auctions of prospective California offshore wind sites may begin in 2021. (REVE)

SOLAR: Farmers oppose a 3,900-acre solar facility in southeast Oregon, arguing that wildlife will be displaced. (Capital Press)

UTILITIES: A California consumer watchdog agency is calling for Southern California Gas Co. to be fined millions of dollars for failing to comply with a subpoena. (Los Angeles Times)

NATURAL GAS: An engineering and construction firm is awarded a contract for a carbon capture and sequestration project at a 550 MW, natural gas-powered California power plant. (Energy Global)

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CLIMATE: A Hawaii county is considering joining a lawsuit against more than a dozen fossil fuel companies for contributing to climate change and rising sea levels. (West Hawaii Today)

COMMENTARY:
Two PG&E executives and an energy expert explore PG&E’s use of mobile primary generation to reduce customer impact during planned and emergency power outages. (Transmission & Distribution World)
A former chairman of the Utah Republican Party says the right public policies can help the state rebuild its clean energy workforce. (Daily Herald)
A California journalist says there has been more talk than action regarding the state creating clean energy jobs instead of propping up fossil fuel companies. (Los Angeles Times)
A Nevada journalist explains why a proposal to tax renewable exports makes no political sense for the state. (Nevada Independent)

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