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Judge blocks drilling in Wyoming, citing climate change concerns

OIL & GAS: A federal judge blocks drilling on 300,000 acres in Wyoming, saying the government failed to adequately consider the impact on climate change before auctioning off federal land to oil and gas drillers. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Several communities in Alaska are pushing the federal government to restrict offshore drilling in areas where whales are hunted as subsistence resources. (KTOO)
• A Colorado county is considering reinstating another drilling moratorium over concerns a proposal currently before state lawmakers could end up sparking a rush for permits. (Denver Post)

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CLIMATE: Colorado lawmakers are finalizing plans to introduce legislation calling for a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from a variety of sources. (Colorado Independent)

COAL:
• An Idaho utility is close to severing ties with the three Western coal-fired power plants that provide it power. (Times-News)
• The owner of an Arizona coal mine slated to close in October has laid off about 40 miners, about 12 percent of its local workforce. (Arizona Republic)
• Several Montana labor unions are supporting a Republican bill to allow a South Dakota utility to buy a bigger stake in a local coal-fired power plant in hopes of keeping it open. (Billings Gazette)

UTILITIES: An administrative law judge in California finds that integrated resource plans submitted by utilities and government-run energy programs don’t go far enough to achieve the state’s ambitious climate goals. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• A Colorado utility is close to finalizing a contract for 150 MW of new solar generation and a 25 MW battery storage system. (Colorado Springs Independent)
• The finance director for a global hospitality company based in Las Vegas talks about how his company is embracing solar power. (Power Magazine)

STORAGE: A Utah power provider askes state regulators to approve three projects, including the installation of batteries in a 600-unit apartment building. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR:
• A U.S. Senator from Nevada says Energy Secretary Rick Perry has promised to give her a firm timeline on removing a plutonium shipment sent to the state without the knowledge of local officials. (Las Vegas Review Journal)
• A Nevada congresswoman says South Carolina would consider taking back a secret shipment of plutonium if the U.S. Department of Energy helps the state finish a stalled plutonium processing plant. (The Nevada Independent)

COMMENTARY:
• Community solar advocates need long-term vision that goes beyond pilot programs, says a vice president of a Denver solar company. (Greentech Media)
• The president of a Western farmers union says a Colorado utility needs to do more to deliver clean, affordable, reliable energy to its members. (Greeley Tribune)

 

 

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