Western Energy News

Investigation finds oil companies profited from California spills

OIL & GAS: An investigation finds that oil companies have for decades profited from inland spills linked to a controversial fracking technique by recovering and refining the oil. (ProPublica/Desert Sun) 

ALSO:
Colorado’s oil and gas industry sends a letter to Gov. Jared Polis on proposed 2,000-foot setbacks, saying it would undermine the industry’s economic recovery. (Denver Post)
A New Mexico Representative says the state’s oil and gas industry is stabilizing  as the economy gradually reopens, but at a significantly reduced level of activity. (Albuquerque Journal)

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CLIMATE:
Climate change is emerging as a ballot issue in Colorado’s elections, with former Gov. John Hickenlooper favored to win the state’s senate race. (InsideClimate News)
• Rural California Republican lawmakers side with President Trump in dismissing climate change as a primary cause of the state’s wildfires. (Washington Post)

COAL:
• Hawaiian Electric files proposals for eight renewable energy projects that will allow the utility to retire the state’s last coal plant. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Critics say a federal report promoting carbon capture technology to save Wyoming’s coal industry is misleading. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Montana’s coal production is down 21% through the first seven months of this year due to declining consumption during the coronavirus pandemic. (Billings Gazette)
• Rural Utah lawmakers are upset that the Intermountain Power Plant is increasingly using coal from Colorado. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• A Wyoming coal technology company nearing commercialization signs a memorandum of understanding with a neighboring company. (Wyoming Public Media)

CALIFORNIA:
• Many of the solutions that could help resolve California’s power problems face political opposition at the state and federal level. (Bloomberg)
Residents of a Northern California city file a lawsuit aiming to stop PG&E’s plan to cut more than 260 trees as part of its wildfire mitigation efforts. (Union of Grass Valley)
PG&E is constructing microgrids in two Northern California communities. (Mountain Democrat)

NUCLEAR: Utah lawmakers want more details on a small modular reactor plant before more cities and special service districts withdraw from additional financial investment. (Deseret News)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Four Southwest Colorado projects and businesses are awarded more than $177,000 in federal grants to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. (Durango Herald)

GRID: Solar and energy storage experts say a reimagined and restructured power grid focused on distributed energy would help Western communities keep the power on. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY:
A California lawmaker says the working poor and middle-class should not subsidize the state’s solar mandates for those who can afford to buy and install such a system. (CalMatters)
A California editorial board says Gov. Gavin Newsom needs to do more about climate change than just tweet about it. (Sacramento Bee)
A Utah professor says a proposed advanced nuclear project is “a distraction we can’t afford.” (Deseret News)

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