Western Energy News

In Wyoming, Trump official touts coal’s future

COAL: While touring Wyoming, a top Energy Department official says carbon capture can still save the coal industry, and that the administration will continue to pursue export markets. (Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

ALSO:
A new analysis calls a Navajo firm’s acquisition of a bankrupt coal company’s assets “a high-risk gamble and poorly timed.” (news release)
A court rules Wyoming officials must release documents related to a coal mine’s unique reclamation bond. (K2 Radio)
Workers who operate a train shuttling coal to a soon-to-close Arizona power plant say they’ll miss the “best job in the world.” (Navajo Times)

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OIL AND GAS:
A Wyoming company’s generators are helping to make use of natural gas in the Permian Basin that would otherwise be flared. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
Prevailing weather patterns mean exemptions for the oil industry could set back efforts to improve air quality in Colorado’s front range. (Boulder Weekly)

TRANSPORTATION: Nevada officials will begin recording drivers’ odometer readings as a step toward replacing the gasoline tax, but some opponents say the practice is a privacy violation. (Reno Gazette-Journal)

SOLAR:
California homeowners forced to rebuild after wildfires could be exempted from the state’s solar requirement for new housing. (Associated Press)
A lawsuit claims a New Mexico municipal utility’s standby fee discriminates against solar customers. (Farmington Times)
Hawaii regulators approve a 12.5 MW solar array backed by storage. (Pacific Business News)

EFFICIENCY: A new report finds that while Nevada is making significant strides on clean energy, it is falling behind on efficiency. (Nevada Current)

BIOMASS: After nearly a decade of development, construction on a 2 MW biomass plant in central California could begin this year. (Sierra News Online)

NUCLEAR:
California lawmakers are pushing Congress for action to remove spent nuclear fuel from areas with high seismic risk. (The Coast News)
Developers of an Idaho small modular nuclear reactor explain the advantages and the risks of the technology. (East Idaho News)

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UTILITIES: The University of Arizona announces it will partner with a Tucson utility to help meet its 100% clean energy goal. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
New Mexico regulators’ reluctance to apply a state clean energy law to the San Juan coal plant closure could be a major setback for affected workers. (Albuquerque Journal)
An Oregon newspaper urges Gov. Kate Brown to hold more meetings on climate plans in rural areas. (Albany Democrat-Herald)

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