Western Energy News

Major New Mexico wind project not a done deal yet

WIND: The future of a massive wind farm planned for New Mexico depends on whether regulators there finally approve the route of a connecting transmission line project. (RTO Insider)

OIL AND GAS:
• A pipeline explosion in Canada has cut off the natural gas supply to several utilities serving Washington, raising the risk of power outages and higher gas prices around the state. (Seattle Times)
• As the Trump administration rolls back rules for methane emissions, Wyoming proposes its own set of regulations, which some oil and gas companies support. (National Public Radio)
• Colorado researchers find that methane pollution from oil and gas operations in the state is worse than previously thought. (CU Boulder Today)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A U.S. Senator from Wyoming introduces legislation to end the $7,500 tax incentive for electric vehicles and create a highway user fee for drivers of alternative fuel vehicles. (Roll Call)

GRID: California regulators order the state’s investor-owned utilities to once again share grid maps with distributed energy resource providers. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
• A Southern California utility is asking regulators to allow it to expand clean energy options for its customers beyond rooftop solar. (Greentech Media)
• A San Diego-area utility plans to lobby state regulators to drop a high usage fee which has become a source of contention among some customers during the summer. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

EFFICIENCY:
• The city of Anchorage tries to cut its carbon emissions by doing things like using electric trash trucks and buses, and installing LED street lamps. (Alaska Public Radio Network)
• Hawaii is finalizing a project to cool state buildings in Honolulu using chilled ocean water. (The Garden Island)

POLITICS:
• Exxon Mobil Corp. donates $1 million to the effort to establish a carbon fee in Washington. (Bloomberg)
• Opponents of a Portland ballot measure to tax large retailers to pay for clean energy release a study that says such a move could cost up to $79 million, a finding supporters call “a red herring.” (Portland Tribune)

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COAL: Wyoming’s governor says it’s time for the state to diversify its economy but doesn’t expect it to abandon coal. (Gillette News Record)

COMMENTARY:
• The editorial board of the Denver Post opposes a Colorado ballot measure increasing drilling setbacks, a move they say would effectively ban oil and gas operations in much of the state.
• A state senator in New Mexico says that “good, stable jobs in renewable energy are rock-solid real and the revenues injected into our state economy are there for the taking.” (Albuquerque Journal)

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