Western Energy News

Marijuana consumes growing share of Denver’s electricity use

GRID: About four percent of the Denver’s total electricity use goes toward growing marijuana, new state data shows. (Colorado Public Radio)

ALSO: Texas utility regulators expect power prices to rise this summer following the shutdown of three coal-fired power plants last year. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL: While other cities in Colorado are making the rapid switch to renewable energy, Colorado Springs remains more committed coal. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

OIL AND GAS:
• As crude prices increase, oil production in Colorado is expected to hit 580,000 barrels a day next month, up 6 percent from February. (Associated Press)
• Meanwhile, oil spills increased by 17 percent last year in Colorado, which recently adopted a set of tough new regulations for flow lines. (Fox 31 Denver)
• Rock art enthusiasts are working to document and protect ancient petroglyphs in Utah, which are under increasing threat from increased energy development there. (Daily Herald)
• With oil booming once again in New Mexico, the state is beginning to experience another housing crunch and soaring hotel prices. (KRQE)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• A former Republican lawmaker is behind an ambitious plan to boost renewable energy use in Arizona. (Washington Examiner)
• A Colorado-based ski resort company is leading industry efforts to increase renewable energy use. (Mountain Town News)

POLITICS: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is going to Philadelphia to meet with workers at an oil refinery there in his latest move to get Congress to rewrite federal ethanol rules. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR: As Arizona contemplates an ambitious renewable energy plan, a local advocacy group says the public should still be worried about the impact of recently imposed tariffs on the solar industry. (Cronkite News)

PUBLIC LANDS: Western lawmakers are divided over an Interior Department plan to use proceeds from energy development on federal lands to fix national parks and pour into other infrastructure projects. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: Citing the Trump administration’s plan to roll back rules on methane emissions, a University of Texas student says the UT system needs to impose its own regulations on land that it owns. (The Daily Texan)

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